THAT IS IT! I AM GOING TO CANCEL THE BIRTHDAY PARTY.
I couldn’t do it again this year. We had a big party last year. This year they each have something like 28 children in their classes. If we invited them all that is 56 kids, plus all of the extra kids that come because people automatically assume siblings are invited. It was out of the question. Just because I had two babies on the same day doesn’t mean I want 65 kids in my house.
No big deal. My kids are reasonable (ish). They understood and agreed on the small party. Each child got to pick an activity and three friends. Easy peasy.
Ian wanted to take his friends bowling. Claudia wanted to take her friends for a manicure and pedicure. No problem.
Or so one would think.
Claudia is in a multi aged 1/2 class. There are four first grade girls including herself and they have been pretty tight. This was a no brainer. Ian has been tinkering with his guest list. Some days he doesn’t have any friends and other days he has too many friends. He will make up his mind eventually.
Their birthday is today. We can’t have their party this weekend because of previous engagements. We were going to have it last weekend except before I invited everyone one of Claudia’s three announced her birthday party was that Saturday. I tried to make it Sunday, but oops! That was Mother’s Day. Try again. Did I mention we have a t-nall game every weekend that we have to work around?
We elected to postpone the parties for two weeks. The kids were cool with this. It was a birthday miracle!
But then Claudia got in a fight with one of her three. One of them wanted to play with the second graders and one of them didn’t.
Now they can’t be friends.
Which blows because I already told that mom that her daughter was invited, and now what? Do I go to her and say “Sorry, your kid was invited, but since she wanted to play with the second graders my ageist daughter won’t be friends with her anymore. Suck it.” and then in a week when they make up I have to go and embarrass myself again?
Because you just know they will make up. But Claudia is insisting that she cannot be invited.
And don’t even get me started on the boy. This week is stable but there is some sort of bizarre friendship triangle going on with that one. He fights with one of his friends like they are an old married couple.
Between the date changes and the time changes and guest lists I might lose my mind.
By the time we work this all out it will be their 8th birthday.
Some people say I have to have a birthday party. I say bullshit. I don’t have to have anything. Why would I spend the time, energy and money to throw a party for my kids and invite people that they don’t like.
And when did seven become one of the teenage years?