My friend Josh called me the other day and this was our conversation:
Josh: Hello, Lisa!
Lisa: Hey! How are you?
Josh: Great! Can Seth come over tomorrow from 2 to 3:30?
Lisa: Yeah, that time works great for us. Hugh will be so excited!
Josh: Great! Thanks and see you tomorrow!
scene. (approximately 14 seconds)
I got off the phone and laughed--absolutely delighted.
This is how 99% of my play date conversations typically go:
Judy: Hello, Lisa!
Lisa: Oh, Hi Judy!
Judy: How are you?
Lisa: Good! How are you?
Judy: Oh, great! You doin' okay, then? Topher gone a lot?
Lisa: Yeah, his play is INSERT WHATEVER I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT TOPHER'S LATEST PROJECT (it's over/winding down/in the middle of rehearsals/whatever), you should go see it!
Judy: Yeah, I will, I will. . .
Lisa: What's going on with you guys? You alright?
Judy: Yeah, things are going well for us. . .(INSERT REPORT ON EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY) What about you guys?
Lisa: (INSERT REPORT ON EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY. ADD ONE CUTE STORY)
Judy: (LAUGHS) (Comments on story like "Oh, that's our Hugh!" "Oh, If I had a NICKEL!")
Lisa: Well, what can I do for you?
Judy: Well, I hesitate to ask. .. I know you're so busy!
Lisa: Well, you are, TOO! What are you talking about!?
Judy: Well, what are you doing on Friday?
Lisa: Oh, (INSERT SOME JOKE ABOUT A MENIAL HOUSEHOLD TASK) (most likely laundry or an exasperated expression like "just trying to hold it together!" or "just wrangling the monkeys!")
Judy: Yeah, tell me about it!
Judy: Well, AND YOU CAN SAY NO, but, is there ANYway Trevor could come over on Friday for a couple of hours on Friday while I (INSERT TASK THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED FUN, BUT MAKE TO SOUND NECESSARY AND SOMETHING YOU CAN'T GET OUT OF)
Lisa: Well sure! I'm sure Trevor and Hugh will have a great time! It will be fun!
Judy: Are you SURE! And, you know, I'll return the favor! Anytime, anytime!
Lisa; Oh, I know! I'll be sure to take you up on that!
Judy: Do! Do!
Lisa: I will! (maybe)
Judy: I'm going to hold you to that!
Judy: Well, if something comes up, let me know.
Lisa: I will. I'll see you Friday!
Judy: Okay! And thanks a lot. I'll see you Friday. And, one of these days, we need to get together and go to lunch! We just need to DO IT!
Lisa: I know, right?
Judy: Okay. Talk to you soon!
scene (approximately 24 minutes)