Maxie had a playdate with her pal Kiran. They made a “velvet rope” out of paper chains taped between the couch and the wall of the living room. Kiran sat at a desk in front of the rope and asked “Are you on the list?” He then crossed off our names and Maxie opened one end of the “rope” and let us in. We were not allowed to sit — we had to stand behind a chair. The “performance” consisted of Maxie wearing a tutu and a swath of gold fabric tied around her middle like a bandeau, with a boa tied around her forehead, hurling herself energetically off the couch and chairs like a pinball. It lasted maybe 30 seconds.

Thank God we were comped.

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