I’m not sure that I have very much to add to the discussion about Melissa Summers’ recent appearance on the Today Show. Other people have already done so eloquently already. I will say that I thought, as she suggested, if Melissa had been paired with a fellow Blogger who was opposed to “cocktail” playdates that we would have had a more balanced portrayal of the views on both sides. I thought that she handled herself with grace and humor in a situation where I would have dissolved into a crumpled heap, an angry crumpled heap.
I’m all for being an adult and having a glass of wine with my friends while my child plays with her friends but I don’t get a lot of opportunities to do this. We live in a semi-rural area and have to drive to get to playdates. While I trust my ability to care for my child, supervise my child, parent my child while under the influence of a glass of wine or two I do not trust my ability to drive my child anywhere. Nor would I feel comfortable serving alcohol to my friends who I knew would then have to drive their own children home. I often wish that we lived in a neighborhood with a lot more kids around and this is just one more reason. In all the commentary and postings that I’ve read I haven’t heard this issue mentioned.
I’m a big girl. I know what my tolerance level is and I know what I’m comfortable with. Why can’t we all just agree to be adults and support one another in our choices?