Charleston and Mr. Drama

My lovely family unit is leaving tomorrow morning at the crack of dawn (5:15am! Come join the festivities!) for Charleston, South Carolina. My lovely family unit is very much looking forward to this trip, even if it involves appeasing my son, Mr. Drama, on the airplane all day.

This (rather loud) drama is surely a phase, right? I mean, I know I might have a tiny bit of flair for the over-dramatic myself, but COME ON, I employ it solely for entertainment purposes. I’m an Entertainer. Not an Overly-Dramatic Fool.

(Dear Mom and Dad, you are not allowed to comment on this entry. Especially if it involves a story of my youth involving green Jello. Love, Whoorl)

Just this morning, while I was sitting in the living room, D announced that it was time to get Mr. Drama dressed for the day. You would have thought we were packing him up for the orphanage.

D: (Looking over at Mr. Drama, who is calmly playing with building blocks.) “Let’s go get dressed, buddy.”

Mr. Drama: (Calmness morphs into insta-hysterics.) “NOOOOOOOO! Mommy! Don’t go! Bye-BYYYYYEEE, Mommy! Bye, Mommy! Love you, PRECIOUS MOMMY!”

Whoorl: “Honey, I’m right here. Daddy’s just taking you to the next room to get dressed.”

Mr. Drama: (Lying on the floor, holding on to the door frame.) “I LOVE YOU, MOMMY. GOODBYYYYE….”

Whoorl: “Fine. I’ll get your clothes. Let’s go.”

Mr. Drama: “NOOOOO! DADDY! I’ll miss you, precious daddy! Bye-byyyyyye, daddy!”

Purchased the wrong kind of juice? DRAMA. Passed him the purple crayon instead of the blue one? DRAMA. Must quit playing outside because it’s dinner time? DRAMA. Max and Ruby is on the television? DRAMA. (“NOOOOOOOOOO Max and Ruby, Mommy! NOOOOOOO.”)

(I have to say, that show does kind of suck.)

You see, situations like these make it easier to understand why upon passing a rather attractive firefighter, my first thought is no longer whether or not he looks good in his skivvies. No, it seems now the most pressing matter is whether or not his fire station participates in the Infant Drop-Off Program, and maybe, just maybe, if I bat my eyelashes, he’ll look past the fact that Mr. Drama is decidedly NOT an infant and take him anyway.

(Any recommendations for good eats/shops/parks in Charleston? I’ve got a good list started, but I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING!)

(That was a little dramatic, wasn’t it?)

  • gorillabuns

    October 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I wouldn’t know anything about drama (yea, right) but all I have to add is, it’s a phase. An annoying one at best so keep a bottle handy at all times. Alcohol for you, that is.

  • Lauren

    October 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I so enjoy explaining to others how its my son, not my daughter, that’s the family drama queen. He is so very easily wounded.

  • Tera Stephens

    October 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    what child are you speaking of?!!! the one who sat so perfectly in my chair for a haircut this morning was a pleasure. maybe a zanax for whoorl??!!!

    I think he saves the drama for me (lucky for you) – I’m typing this as he yells PURPLE PURPLE PURPLE GOODBYE MOMMY WANT CRAYONS WAHHHHH in my face. ;) By the way, his hair looks SO cute. Thanks again!

  • Danielle

    October 29, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    I so hear you re: 2yo dramatics.

    Also, where are Max’s and Ruby’s parents?

  • Kerri Anne

    October 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I yell at Chris, too, when he doesn’t hand me the right color crayon.

    (But I seriously love! how he calls you PRECIOUS MOMMY. Maybe someday he’ll say that sans all caps, and then your heart will melt into a million tiny pieces. Probably when he’s 16 and he wants to borrow the car. Heh.)

    Well, I can’t lie. My heart definitely melts! He’s such a doll. (You know, minus the MOMMY MOMMY I WANT NOW NOOOOOOO BYEBYEEEEEEEE part.)

  • regan

    October 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    When I read the line that says I’ve got a good list started, but I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING! All I could think of is the Aerosmith song from Armageddon.

  • Korinna

    October 29, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Crikey. My husband is the dramatic one in our marriage and I repeatedly tell him that Ezra had better not turn on “the dramatics” when he’s older.

    However, I feel that this may be my fate.

    Have fun at the fancy wedding!

  • April

    October 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    The last time we were in Charleston we ate at Hominy Grill (great brunch) and Jestine’s (low country cooking). We also went to Poe’s Tavern which seemed like a total college bar/dive but had the best ahi tuna tacos (with pineapple salsa!) that I have EVER had (and I am a food snob, living in Chicago). Hubs had a really good burger there too.

    My friend also said Magnolia was a great restaurant as well.

  • Kristin

    October 29, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    As the mom of a 2 year-old girl (drama doubled)… I feel your pain. I, in fact, stole the line from a post of yours…. “my life is a heaping pile of dogshit.”
    It seems that everything I do is the exact opposite of what my little punkin wanted. Makes for very long days :)

  • cck

    October 29, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    I love Charleston. Being from South Carolina and with a brother that graduated from El Cid, the city is one of my favorites in the world. Go to Rue de Jean for hamburgers (yes, hamburgers), High Cotton & Magnolia (a must), and my favorite lunch spot Jestine’s. Meritage is lovely for drinks and tapas – have the fried green tomato napoleon. The Library is my favorite bar, well, tied with the Blind Tiger. We used to call it the Wounded Monkey or the Legless Giraffe. And for the love of God, please go to Bowen’s Island. Go. Just go.

    The Citadel is neat to walk around, the Battery is lovely. Go to Fort Sumter, it’s a South Carolina must. About twenty minutes north of Charleston you can visit a working monastery. Sorry for gushing – I love it when folks visit South Carolina! Have a great time!

  • Vanessa

    October 29, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I LOVE Charleston! Lived there for six years – college and after. I’m nervous about recommending something that you may end up hating, but here goes.

    You must go to Market Street Sweets (on market street by the market – duh) and have a praline or two – yum, yum, yum! http://www.riverstreetsweets.com/

    Juanita Greenbergs Nacho Royale is also a fun, fast burrito, quesadilla and delicious margarita place. (http://www.juanitagreenbergs.com)

    If you like Italian one of our favorites is Bocci’s (http://www.boccis.com)

    Make sure you walk around water front park, the battery, and obviously downtown. Hope you have a great trip and flight – it is adorable that he says precious mommy – too sweet!

  • metalia

    October 29, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    “Precious Mommy?” That damn near killed me. And yes, I have firsthand knowledge of this drama of which you speak. Have a fabulous time in Charleston; can’t wait to see pictures of you in The Dress!! :)

  • Kristabella

    October 29, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Dude, kids are better than cats. My cats don’t call me precious anything! Precious Human With Can Of Food, maybe, on a good day.

  • Julia

    October 30, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Well, I looove Charleston…I guess I’m a little biased going to school here! There are tons of restaurants on King St, Meeting St and Market St that you can’t go wrong with…Juanita’s is great mexican, Hominy Grill is yummy, Justine’s always has a line before they open cause its just THAT GOOD. Basil is great Thai, but a little more upscale. Monza is a pizza place that’s delicious. Virginia’s on King is also good. If you want seafood, try Coast on John St. Kaminskys has great dessert! Enjoy the city!!

  • PaintingChef

    October 30, 2008 at 5:54 am

    All the restaurants everyone has mentioned are fabulous. But you MUST go to a shop called “Indigo” on Vendue Range. You won’t be sorry!!

    There are also some really cool “haunted” nighttime tours if you are into that sort of thing. I haven’t done the one in Charleston (I did one in Savannah) but I heard it was fantastic. Wear comfy shoes though, you cover some ground!

  • Sarah

    October 30, 2008 at 5:55 am

    I want to second (or third, or fourth, whatever) the Magnolia recommendation. My husband and I went to Charleston on our honeymoon and that was our “fancy dinner” – DEElicious. And you have to get she-crab soup while you’re there (there in Charleston, that is).

    The Battery is lovely, and Wito might enjoy a horse-drawn tour of downtown (I’m sure y’all would too). Oh, and if you’re into history (especially war history), they’ve made a museum out of an old aircraft carrier and an old submarine, out at Patriot’s Point (that’s also where you leave for tours of Ft. Sumter). LOTS of old planes to look at!

  • Kim

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 am

    I was all excited to tell you I live in SC and sing the praises of Charleston, but I see quite a few people beat me to it. Didn’t know there were so many other Fans of Whoorl in my home state! Anyway, it IS one of the prettiest cities in the country, I know you’ll love it, have a great time and good luck with Mr. Drama.

  • April

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 am

    We went to Meritage for tapas the last time we were in Charleston (over labor day weekend) and it wasn’t nearly as good as the my favorite Chicago tapas Cafe Babareeba or even Iberico.

    You used to live in Chicago right? Figured you a little comparison might help on that one.

  • Shannon

    October 30, 2008 at 6:22 am

    I live in Charleston! Yes, everyone is right….go downtown, Blossom’s is really good or Magnolia. I also like the restaurant Phish. You should check out Folly Beach if you want good dive bars and a “unique” atmosphere. Meritage is good for tapas and drinks. Hominy Grill is good, Jestine’s Kitchen is a really good meat-and-three. Joseph’s for breakfast or brunch.
    Maybe I will see you around. I’ll be the one with the overly-dramatic 18 month old crying because she has to wear long sleeves and a jacket. And pants. Oh, the horror.
    P.S Our local newspaper….www.charleston.net, in the Preview sections on Thursdays, they have what is going on and in the back they have a list of places to eat and such if that helps!
    Have a good time Whoorl!

  • Lyndsay

    October 30, 2008 at 6:34 am

    I have no suggestions for Charleston, as I have never been there, but word to Max & Ruby sucking. Could they have a more unoriginal theme song? And Ruby is a straight up bossy bitch.

  • Angella

    October 30, 2008 at 6:58 am

    “Precious Mommy”?


    Emily has only called me the “best Mommy”. But she is a pro at laying on the floor in dramatics. I thought it was because she’s a girl. I can see now it’s because she’s TWO.

  • Jessica

    October 30, 2008 at 7:41 am

    you’re right, Max & Ruby does suck.

  • ali

    October 30, 2008 at 8:03 am

    precious mommy.
    oh, he’s good, Whoorl. he’s good.

  • Savannah

    October 30, 2008 at 8:34 am

    My Ella is four and if the wind blows in the wrong direction I get a freak out. Example, this morning she wanted a blanket to wrap up in on the way out the car. I went through about 10 blankets, each one I held up got an eye roll, a stamped foot, and a cry of, “thaaaaat woooooon’t wooooork Mooooommy”. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like when she’s a teenager. Side Note — she ended up picking the first one I had grabbed haha

  • Bree

    October 30, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Two Words . . . Cru Cafe!

    YUM-O. The Thai Seafood Risotto is AMAZING! Also, last time I ate there they had strawberry bread pudding.


  • Gia

    October 30, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Ok, I have been on the ghost tours in Charleston, and while they are slightly spooky, it is mostly very interesting to hear the history of the old port town! But beware, there are quacky ones there that suck. Badly. It would be fun to do it on Halloween…

    I’d skip the carriage rides (the little “poop collector” bags attached to their butts are nauseating), but DO NOT miss the battery. Those homes are fab-u-lous! There is a park along the battery where little Wito can sit on real cannons, run off his excessive energy in the grass…

    Have fun, I am super jealous. Just moved from SC to OC and am missing some things. Especially Charleston! And yellow BBQ. Mmmm.

  • Trenches of Mommyhood

    October 30, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Hubby & I used to live in Charleston (well, over the bridge in Mt. Pleasant) before we moved back north and began procreating!

    I third (or fourth) Magnolia’s for a “fancy” meal. Our favorite haunt was the Irish pub, Tommy Congdons. And for wings/beer, you can’t beat Wild Wing Cafe. Bocci’s for Italian.

    Hymans Seafood (yes, that’s the name) is a total tourist trap, but they actually do have really good seafood.

    Our favorite beaches were on Sullivan’s Isle.

    Have fun!

  • Kate

    October 30, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I grew up in Charleston, so might I recommend Blossom, which is one of my favorite restaurants ever.

    As for beaches, Kiawah is the nicest one (in my opinion), mostly because there aren’t fifty thousand drunk sorority girls from College of Charleston (though I hear its sunk below eighty degrees in SC so you might be ok this time of year as most sorority girls put their bikinis away this time of year). Go see the angel oak (if you happen to like big trees, who doesn’t?), because soon they’ll be starting to develop around it and it’s possible that it won’t be quite as magical in the next few years. If you like Seafood, go to Shem Creek Bar and Grill. Go right as the sun is setting for amazing views of the marsh while you eat fresh fish.

  • jcristg

    October 30, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    OK I second whoever told you to skip Hyman’s. (please, for the love, skip it.) You could do the Angel Oak on Johns Island before you go to Rosebank Farms Cafe that I was telling you about, and then swing right over to Kiawah. (If you do that, make sure to go to Newton Farms shopping center and go in Isola {shoe store}. There’s also a cute boutique — I think it’s still called the Resort Shop). Also, the actual Rosebank Farms roadside stand has a petting zoo of sorts.

  • Bridget

    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    The nachos at Poe’s Tavern on Sullivan’s Island are AMAZING. And the burgers are great, too.

    As for downtown, try the newly-renovated Fish or go to Monza for, like, the best pizza ever.

    Def. skip Hymans, Hominy Grill, and any other super-touristy joints.

    Have fun!

  • MichelleB

    October 30, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    That’s so cute that he calls you Precious Mommy though! Me and my hubby got married in Charleston! He proposed to me with a gorgeous diamond engagement ring he bought me from http://www.idonowidont.com during a romantic old south horse and carriage ride. Have fun over there!

  • suz

    October 30, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I just moved from downtown Charleston in March, and I’ve lived there (on the peninsula) a total of 7 of the last 10 years. I’m 35, so I’m not very versed on the college hangouts. I recommend:

    Il Cortile del Re or Pane e Vino for Italian. Very small, intimate, authentic Italian and tourist-free. Pane doesn’t even have a sign, but it’s across King from John Street (visitor’s center, Rue de Jean and Virginia’s are all right there) on Warren Street.

    Tristan and Cypress have fabulous bars, as does Mercato (which also has fabulous Italian food).

    FIG is award-winning and has a fabulous atmosphere. The chef uses local, seasonal ingredients. Tres chic!

    For seafood, you cannot beat Hank’s for quality and price. It’s semi-upscale, but not to the level of Cypress, High Cotton, etc. The atmosphere is also cool.

    I love, love, love Rue de Jean for sushi, just for drinks, or for dinner. French bistro with good burgers, best sushi in town, and a good crowd. Also, good brunch.

    Fleet Landing is a very cool place to have drinks. The food is mediocre, but the building is actually out over the water and there’s an indoor/outdoor bar.

    McCrady’s is very cool, very upscale, and very old. George Washington ate there.

    I could go on & on, obviously! I am seriously homesick as I haven’t been to Chas. since July. Please blog in detail about where you go & what you do, so I can live vicariously through you!

    Please do NOT go to Hyman’s, A.W. Shucks, Bubba Gump’s. I don’t want you to get the wrong idea of my town!

  • joslyn

    November 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    if it makes you feel better we’re in the exact. same. phase. with millie. Dramaville USA at our house these days…

  • Courtney

    November 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Okay, am I the only one who really wants to know the green Jello story now?

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