March 4, 2007
We just got back from
Houston and visited with our son, daughter in law and our absolutely
delightful grandson. Our grandson turned 2 on February 24. We got to
celebrate once again his birthday and go to his birthday party. Have you
ever attended a 2 year old birthday
party? Truth of the matter is that I think my husband and I had more fun
than anyone else. First of all we only had to make sure we behaved. The
other parents were obligated and made sure their child didn't push,
shove, whine or cry. To be honest, we behaved. We did. Honest!! Our son
and daughter in law were proud of us. Our grandson was the perfect host.
He is built like my husband. Tall and thin. Think string bean!! He can
eat like there is no tomorrow. I say this up
front, I am so happy he doesn't take after me. I look at the
wrong food and it lands on my ass. So we, the five of us, arrived on
time at the party and we watched as the 18 children and their parents
entered this very cool place. The party was held at this storefront that
houses all these very neat toys. Toy cars,
playstations, a make believe kitchen, a pool without water but
plastic balls to play in. There were lots more toys there but I cannot
remember them all. If I ever had another birthday party, I would love it
held in this place. There also was an area for snacks and food. So pizza
and soda and nice snacks were also added to make this party fun.
The main choice for these kids when they arrived was should they play or
should they eat? As soon as our grandson heard the word "snack," he sat
down at the table and had his snack of M&M's and "goldfish" and pretzels
and a juice box. Once he finished, he went off and played. He didn't
want any pizza and then he waited for the Happy Birthday song. Heard
Happy Birthday dear... smiled and then "helped" his dad blow out the #2
We loaded up the SUV with the very
lovely gifts that were brought for our little guy. Steve and I bought
him his first tricycle. He parents
told us that's what he wanted. Far be it from us not to get him
something that his parents suggested. Did you know at these birthday
parties the children do not open the gifts in front of the other
children? I was surprised at this revelation.
That's so no child gets upset that they cannot take home the toy or the
gift. Frankly, I do remember children being upset at our son's birthday
parties because they brought the gift and thought it was theirs to take
I was telling my 83 year aunt about this. She hasn't met our grandson.
She lives in NY and the chance of her going to Texas or they going to NY
are pretty slim. She proceeded to tell me about her 56 year old son, who
is a concert oboist, her 52 year old son who is a doctor and her 47 year
old daughter who is a designer. Both of her sons are married with
children. We talked about how grateful we are to have wonderful
children. She was saying that she has three successful children. I
basically said that I do not know of any mother or parent who raises her
child to be a crack dealer. We can give our children good values, give
them love, education and compassion. However, we have to be lucky that
when we led our child on what we believed was the right path, the
children went down the right road.
So for today, as most days, I am one lucky lady. Both my husband and I
got to spend one milestone with our grandchild. We know he probably wont
remember it. However, the great part of this journey of life is...
Oh, mirror in the
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
... Stevie Nicks, c1975
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