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My World Tuesday contribution starts off on Sunday at a shopping mall. I rarely go to them as I am not a 'shopper' and only go out when something is needed. I really don't like shopping and it sounds strange but I never have. This was an important day. Our son came over as he had asked if we could check out a restaurant he and his fiance had found that might be a good place for their rehearsal dinner. They are getting married in June and time is zooming along at light speed and we have been dillydallying on this particular subject, thinking that we had all the time in the world. I am still learning about American traditions as I never knew about this growing up in England. No one ever had rehearsal dinners that I knew of but considering I have been out of that country for three decades and then some, it may have changed. As it is traditionally the groom's parents role we thought we ought to get on the ball and so we found ourselves in this very nice Italian restaurant.
Personally, I fell in love with the place. It had a warm ambiance and I was immediately attracted to all the truly beautiful old-world photographs on the walls.
There are several rooms upstairs that can be used for private parties but when we asked the manager he told us that he would have to check, that at this late date all their rooms could have already been taken. June is a very busy monthy for weddings he said. Oh dear, kicking myself under the table for procrastinating.
They did tell us that they would have no problem us using the patio area outside but when I looked, yes it was nice but it didn't 'talk' to me like the inside of the restaurant 'talked' to me. When son called up his fiance and sent her photos over his cell phone, she said that it looked fine. I felt better after she gave it the okay. Good news today though, when hubby called the restaurant to book the dinner, he was told that they did indeed have a room big enough upstairs, so that is now all set and is one less thing ticked off the list for the parents of the groom to do.
And these are a couple of the new buildings like others that are springing up all over the place. They weren't there the last time we came here.
We find ourselves at the second mall and I liked the look of this friendly tree with the big smile in the children's playing area. It's maniacal grin was freaking one little girl out though and her mother was consoling her.
and some of the shop fronts that I poked my head inside, but I was more interested in the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling than the clothes on the manequins.
By this time we had made our way to a tux rental store as son needed to get his outfit sorted out. The nice man gave us a catalog to browse through. There were dozens and dozens of outfits. We were there for a long time but eventually son narrowed it down to these three. We gave our input but I don't know whether he is going to listen and after all it is his wedding and he should wear what he likes. The one on the right was our favorite and he liked the one in the middle better than the one on the left. At least he has an idea. He didn't make any deals today because he now has to find out what the color of the bridesmaids outfits will be, which will determine the color of the tie and the vest on his outfit as well as his groomsmen. I dropped another hint that I liked the suit on the right but mother's lips are moving in silence and no sound is coming out of them. I am sending telephathic thoughts 'suit on the right, suit on the right'. Just can't help putting my four-pennyworth in and I don't suppose that will change.