MONDAY MAIL: Your mama's going to eat more chicken

April 21, 2013 

They say let it be, but it just don't work out that way: It's Monday Mail.

Simon says

Today's opening is from Paul Simon's song "Mother and Child Reunion," and you know why….


Well, no, actually, I didn't know Mother's Day was coming up. Maybe that explains this "Mother-Son Date Knight" email from a Chick-fil-A marketing representative:

Good morning!

I thought local moms and their sons might like to attend Mother-Son "Date Knight" on Saturday, May 4, at the Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Columbus-Phenix City area. The evening will give mothers and sons the opportunity to enjoy dinner, great conversation and medieval-themed activities.

Beginning Saturday, April 20, guests can make reservations by visiting There is more information below … .


Hannah Wagner.

The Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Columbus-Phenix City Area will host a "Date Knight" for mothers and sons on May 4 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. During this special evening, moms and their sons are encouraged to spend some time together while they enjoy dinner, great conversation and several medieval-themed activities.

Seatings are available at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and reservations are required. The activities of the evening are free, minus the cost of food. Beginning Saturday, April 20, customers can visit to make a reservation.

Every Mother-Son pair will also receive a tray liner with questions and topics to get the conversation started, and a take-home booklet that provides ideas for … questions that both moms and their sons can ask each other.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," said Todd Morgan, franchise Operator for the Chick-fil-A in Phenix City. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their son's company over a meal and have fun!"

Dear Hannah:

Well … I guess it's OK to date your mother, once, as long as it doesn't go any further than that.

On the flip side, I hope restaurants have adequate security for this. Having worked the crime beat, I know some children and their parents really don't get along well at all -- no matter what you suggest they talk about, and even if you insist they talk without shouting profanities.

Oh, and for gosh sakes don't give them real dishes or metal utensils, or you'll see more medieval activities than you had in mind.

By the way, "Date Knight" would be a good character to add to the "Dark Knight" set of comic-book superheroes.

Tim Chitwood,, 706-571-8508.

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