Friday, April 16, 2010
I took Phoebe, my 5-year-old kindergartener, to a birthday party of one of her classmates on Sunday. The entire class of 35 kids was invited to this family's home.
Mind.Blowing. That mom must be a saint or on some seriously effective relaxants.
We walked into the backyard, said our hellos, and within two minutes, Phoebe ran to the quintessential modern kid birthday must-have - the Bouncer.
As long as there's a bouncer, I know that I will be able to actually hang out and chat with the other moms. And chat I did. I checked in on Phoebes from time to time and she was having a blast.
During the cake eating portion of the party, I glanced over and saw her and a little boy from her class sitting together eating and chatting. They seemed to be in their own little world. I thought "Awwww, how sweet."
After they ate their cake, I saw them run to the bouncy house together, slip under the netted entrance, and disappear into the gaggle of sweaty, jumpy bodies.
After the party was over and as we walked to our van with goodie bag in hand, I asked Phoebes, "So, it seems you were having a lot of fun with that little boy today."
"Yep," she answered more interested now in the treasures that lie at the bottom of the plastic goodie bag.
"I saw you guys talking and eating cake together and bouncing together. That's nice Phoebes. I didn't know you guys were such good friends."
"Well," she said, "we were having a lot of fun together today playing games in the bouncer."
"Oh yeah? What kind of games?" I asked.
"Well, I made up a game called 'Tickle Me' where he would chase me and try to tickle me, and he made up a game called 'Fall on Top of Me.'"
"Oh," I said laughing to myself. "And what was the point of that game?"
"Well, I would fall down and then he would, uh, fall on top of me."
Ahhhhh, you gotta love the innocent games of 5-year-olds.
Now if these two are still playing this game in 8th grade?
Then we're gonna have some problems.
Do you have a "Conversation with Your Kid" that you would like to share? Link up your post below and I will come check it out!
It's been a slow build to get people involved in this little Friday fun, but it's a blast and a great way to remember all of those conversations that happen each and every week that I, for one, would surely forget without writing them down.