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#304: Birthday Party Day

Saturday, May 01, 2010

This afternoon was my young nephew, Evan's, bowling center birthday party. It's always an experience for single me to be around a gaggle of six year olds running around uncontrolled like they were all on super sugar highs. emoticon

When they act like this the controlling part of me of me wants to scream for order and quiet. But I am not their parents or the center management so unless there is an obvious safety risk, I hold my tongue. emoticon

Besides, there are several rules of life I have learned. One is that babies cry. Another is that dogs bark emoticon. And a third is that when young kids are together, bedlam reigns at times. I'm ready to add a fourth observation: parents become dulled to the actions of their and others' children so that what bothers me doesn't even merit a second of concern for them because they are more used to the unstructured play than I am.

This time none of the adults bowled which was okay. Gave me a chance to talk to some new acquaintances and to learn of how one, Mark, is a high-rise crane operator, a job that gives me vertigo just thinking about him being 270 feet or more off the ground in a tiny booth. It was interesting to hear that his control cabin has a built-in radio/cd player, mini refrigerator and microwave. Guess it saves time on breaks over making the long climb down and then back up. I assume there is some provision for certain functions that need to be tended to, but I tactfully didn't ask.

Surprisingly, when bowling began, the kids calmed down and were fairly orderly, jumping for joy when their ball knocked down some pins emoticonand occasionally got a strike (all pins down with the first shot). They loved the bumpers and never seemed to recognize them as aids. I think they, like the adults, liked to watch the crazy caroms. It was nice, too, to see them innocently bowling solely for fun and not noticing who had a better score.

After their two games were finished, we all had lunch then cake and Evan opened his gifts. Then they descended on the game room, allowing the adults some semblance of quiet. We talked about Robyn being pregnant emoticon, played with the little babies on hand, learned about Judy's son's flag football game this morning emoticon and all in all shared fairly innocuous conversation with each other.

Finally, it was time to head our separate ways. Not a day of utmost in excitment or inspiration, but a pleasant way to spend a few Saturday afternoon hours with people I otherwise would not have met and to watch young people who reminded me that play need not be competitive, but enjoyed simply to be enjoyed. emoticon
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  • SPARKLOVE
    I am glad your survived the noise and bedlam....LOL and enjoyed yourself. It is interesting to met new people. Have a great week Lou. Hugs, Joy
    3957 days ago
  • PUDLECRAZY
    Sounds like fun. I have the same problem with children and bedlam. The parent and the teacher in me wants them to settle down. It really helps to have the activity start right away when there is an excited group like that because they actually like the structure of it.

    Happy birthday, Evan!
    3957 days ago
  • MARYANNSQUEST
    It seems you had a fun afternoon watching your nephew enjoy his day! emoticon . Brought back memorized of watching my two when they were a lot younger.!
    3958 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    Sounds like a great afternoon! So glad you got to go and enjoy the party!


    3958 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    Sounds like you had fun, Lou, although I'll have to agree on the noise and bedlam issue. When I was a parent of small children, it didn't phase me at all. Now that I'm older and used to peace and quiet, I really have to try hard to mind my own business and just enjoy the moment.

    Have an awesome weekend!
    3958 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    I like your rules... yeah, parents zone out when kids get together. I remember those days.
    3958 days ago
  • TINKERBELL200
    Sounds like you had a fun day! I guess there's always something we can learn from children if we are open to it. Sometimes it's more fun just to play and not worry about the competition thing, just enjoy one another company. It sounds like your day was enjoyable one. And a blessed one at that! Have a wonderful tomorrow.
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    Lynne
    3958 days ago
  • IAMWINNING
    Thanks, Lou, for such a lovely description of your day. I'm glad you had a good time. And I'm glad the kids had fun. My oldest grandson is VERY intense about baseball. He does well, but sometimes I think he forgets to just have fun with it. I remind him, usually w/a comment like, "do your best, but have fun w/it"


    3958 days ago
  • GIBBLES5
    Sounds like you had a pleasant day...

    I understand about the control thing too, I don't say anything to other peoples kids either... but the teacher in me always wants to.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend Lou!

    ~Kim
    3958 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Sounds like fun! I hope Evan got all the gifts he wanted and enjoyed his party. My two (12 and 17) keep asking to go bowling but they want to do it at MIDNIGHT. Go figure? lol
    3958 days ago
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