A thrill to steal away for the afternoon to catch up with the girlfriend and her 3 y.o. We hopped into Canelé for desserts because the little girl loves her sweets. She picked out the Mont Blanc for herself. Make no mistake- that was her cake and she wasn't about to share very much of it. Her mom had to select something else for herself.
The little girl was so focused on eating her cake that she forgot to tell us that she wanted to pee. So she simply did what most children do when they forget about peeing, they pee wherever they are. She left a gigantic puddle on the floor.
We didn't over-react. We simply rolled our eyes and got to work. I grabbed the serviettes to soak up the pee and dumped it outside in the bin, asked for a mop dipped in disinfectant and then cleared the puddle. Yes, you read right- I mopped the floor, not the servers. The girlfriend sorted out the wet shorts, cleaned the little girl up and put her in dry clothes. Luckily her new shoes weren't wet, the chair wasn't made of fabric and little children's pee doesn't stink.
Did I feel apologetic? Just a little. But not overly so. We've a child out with us, toilet-trained, but still an excitable child. So accidents do happen. Importantly, it's what we do after that takes away the embarrassment. We apologized to the diners next to us who had just finished their plates of pasta. They were absolutely gracious about it and took it in stride. They weren't turned off or anything. In fact, they seemed rather tickled. They even ordered dessert after. Whew. I thanked the cafe's floor staff profusely for wanting to help and allowing me to mop rather than insisting.
After being put into dry clothes, the little girl giggled at us, pointed to the remnants of on her plate and stated loudly, "Can I have my cake please?" The girlfriend and I roared with laughter. We tsk-ed at her. Oh dear us. The girl's got her priorities right. But she was quite sheepish about it. She called her Daddy and confessed that "[I] she pee-ed on the chair." If I'm in a swanky restaurant (that allows patrons below six years old) and this happens, I'd do the same- roll up my dress, get to my knees and simply clean up. No biggie. Pee can be washed off diamond rings rather easily.