Tessa’s 11th birthday party was today. Since her dad and her two brothers are gone for a basketball tournament she thought this would be a perfect weekend for her party with her friends.
Two years ago she wanted her party to last a long time like a sleepover but without sleeping over. So, 3:00 – 10:00 pm it was. Well, by 4:30 she was asking me how much longer until they leave, and rolled her eyes at their behavior. Her friends were being loud, obnoxious, running around, talking with their mouths full of food, and overall just annoying her. Although not an only child, being the only girl gives her the liberty to have company when she wants it, but taking time for herself when desired. So having 10 girls over really took away the freedoms she was used to.
This year we were trying to figure out the timeline for the party. Greek School ends at 2:00 pm so we would meet at Board and Brush from 3:00-5:00, pizza at 5:30, cake and presents to follow, and then some time to play, so pick up at 8:00. Tessa looked at me like I was crazy! “Um, we don’t need them here that long. Seven o’clock should be plenty of time.” Well, when the time came for them to leave she wished she had a few more minutes.
I turned to her and said, “When you have a good group of friends there is never enough time together. Think about who you invited two years ago and who you invited this year.” A few girls overlapped, but the ones invited are the ones that have similar personalities. They know how to have fun while still being respectful. “Your birthday present was this little Life Lesson. You’re welcome!”
She rolled her eyes at me and said, “You are always right, Mama.”
Happy Birthday, My Girl!