My middle school ex-boyfriend, Neil, is now a rookie father to a toddler (ain’t Facebook great?). He likes to take his son, Graham, out in the Burley trailer for coffee dates. Neil drinks the coffee while Graham sips his leche.

Toddler Graham likes his special latte

Neil reports:

Even in the fun Portland winter season weather, I like to take Graham out as much as I can. He’s recently been asking to opt for rides in the Burley, so I take him to a coffee shop that’s ~1.5 miles away. He typically falls asleep, but didn’t yesterday. We did that trip again today. 3 for 3 now. We’ll see what he does tomorrow.

Don’t underestimate the power of sitting and sipping your normal beverages in a special place. I used to view parents of toddlers serve their sons little demitasse cups of foamy or whipped milk at our corner cafe. Adorable. and in some cases free!

The baby version of this activity is Pretend You’re in Paris.