Thank You


If I wasn’t already convinced of this before, I now firmly believe all of the Sturm und Drang associated with putting together a seven-year-old boy’s birthday party is solely in our heads.

Case in point:

1. After my wife helped him home design, print, and address his own birthday invitations on 8 1/2 by 11 printer paper with minimal fanfare;

2. After a 30 minute Q&A with my boy in which I prompted him to rank from 1 to 5 his favorite birthday paper goods themes;

3. After settling on Dollar Store monochrome table cloths, generic Happy Birthday! paper plates, and non-thematic forks, napkins, and spoons;

4. After one low frills hour in the pool at the local Y;

5. After letting the boys play tackle football in the birthday room, whereby the lone girl invitee found herself on the wrong end of a dog pile, yet still managed to walk away a little shaken but otherwise unscathed;

6. After discovering new abrasions, cuts, and bruises on his lower extremities from 5. above…

our boy turned to us as he surveyed a room filled with his friends and family, tables set nicely à la Dollar Store, presents stacked to one side, and said spontaneously and with the utmost sincerity, “Thank you Daddy and Mommy for the rainbow candle.”

Life's Simple Pleasures

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