Monday, January 28, 2013

A Pretend Birthday

My oldest son will be four next month and the anticipation is killing him.  Every day I find him in our storage closet digging through the Target bags filled with party decorations.  "Can I open this today?" he asks even though he already knows the answer.  "We have to wait until your birthday to play with that, love," I said to him while cursing myself for shopping early.  If only I had brought the bags in when he wasn't looking.  But then, he came up with a great idea.

"Let's throw a giant PRETEND birthday party!  We can blow up balloons and eat all the candy we want!"  Realizing his true motive of an endless supply of candy did little to dampen my enthusiasm for his idea.  "Let's do it," I said.  I asked him what we needed for the perfect party.  These are my favorite questions to ask kids because they always come back with a nutty response.  This time did not disappoint.

"A cotton candy machine.  Oh, and a dunk tank.  Do we have a dunk tank?"  he asked earnestly.  "No, but there are days I really wish we did.  Especially when all of you act really crazy," I replied.  He  missed the humor and charged on with his preparations.  We dug out half used rolls of crepe paper, old balled up curling ribbon and lots of balloons.  

We turned on his favorite music and taped up the decorations all over the house.

He asked if we could turn out the lights and make it a dance party but, alas, I couldn't hide all the Florida sunshine.  We decided to have a "bright dance party" and spun around like crazy people until we all got tired.  "Wow Mommy, that was a really great party," he told me later.  I couldn't agree more.

Sometimes it's just too hard to wait for a good thing.  Sometimes the good thing is right there, just waiting for us to make room for it and enjoy it for all it's worth.  What good things are you waiting to try?  There's no time like the present.


  1. Ryan was talking about Lukie's party on the way to school today. She wanted to call him on phone to see if it is ok if she helps him blow out his candles. You may be getting a phone call later. :)

    1. I can't wait to hear from her! I'm sure Luke would love to have her help :)


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