Ok, so here’s the deal. I’ve had this Easter party planned for ages, right? Historically, I have thrown massive parties and loved every minute. For me, it’s all or nothing, I suppose. So when last week as I prepared to head to New York City, I realized that because of the trip and the insanity of my personal life, I wasn’t going to be able to deal with the 40 kids and 40+ adults who had been invited to our Easter Egg Decorating party, I cancelled the party. A swift notice on Facebook would be enough, right?
“Easter Egg Party Cancelled,” my status announced. Only a few people had RSVP’d officially anyway, so why would this be an issue?
It wasn’t an issue. That is until a little tiny 3.5 year old voice piped up……
Wait. Hold on: “Piped up”?!?!
That’s most definitely an understatement. It was more like wailing, grieving the loss of something that her very life depended on.
“We HAVE to have our party! You CAN’T cancel it, Mommy! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Holly is coming to my house! We HAVE to have a party!”
Oh good God, child! Can’t we just have a play date?!?!?
I’m a sucker for a good argument…the moment she said, “You told me that we were going to have an Easter party! You SAID!” was the moment I realized that for once in my life, I was going to have to be ok with keeping things simple. At that point I decided to have a few of Ellie’s “best friends” over for egg decorating. Of course, after that decision was made, I just happened to become reconnected with a former best friend from Los Angeles, who just happened to be living 30 minutes from me, and who just happened to have a daughter Ellie’s age. So….yes, 3 girls turned into 4 girls and 1 boy, which turned into 4 boys and 5 girls. This I’m ok with, though I still wish I had the kahoonas to serve Mac ‘N Cheese and Doritos.
Long story short, I’m proud of myself for keeping things small……disappointed that some people might find themselves offended , but all in all, I’m hoping and believing that most of my friends totally understand that I’m in an odd place right now, and am trying to keep my head above water.
All that to say, I’m in the throws of decorating and menu planning…and am so proud of myself for keeping it simple…and for me? This is simple…