Went to a kid’s birthday party. Will and Alex were invited to a party of a friend at their kindy, so Sallie and I both tagged along as well to supervise. Will doesn’t need muchc supervision of course (in fact he just needs more encouragement to get involved sometimes), but Alex does need the total supervision.
Alex is a wild player, but he needs to be kept focused, and because this place had very low fences and was quite near some major roads, we had to watch Alex like a hawk. He was in and out of the house all day, from the jumping castle they’d hired, to their trampoline in the backyard (we need to buy one of those!) He had a great time and just could not be stopped!
Will took a long time to start enjoying things. Not sure why, but for the first hour or so, he just stayed in the house, refused to come outside, or do anything much. He seemed grumpy, or tired — he’d been up ridiculously early so I think he was tired. After that hour he did come out and play though, had some birthday cake and spent an enormous amount of time on the trampoline (another reason we need to buy one!) He reminds me more of myself every day, I must be honest… will sometimes take a while to mix with people, but has a great time once he does 🙂
The party itself was an interesting affair. As far as I could tell, most of the people there were family, or close friends, so we didn’t really know anyone much. And I could tell… it might be said that it was clear we didn’t have that much in common with them… The real clincher came for me late just before we left, when I heard a loud conversation going about what “the immigrants” had done to take our jobs and how Pauline Hanson was right… oh boy.
But that didn’t matter really. It was a fun party, the boys had a great time, and we enjoyed ourselves enough. The boy for whom the party was held, oddly enough, seemed the least excited of everyone. Apparently he’s a fairly quiet kid, and that’s okay. Almost understandable in fact 🙂
That night, I stayed home and looked after the kids while Sallie went to another friend’s party (adult this time!) Apparently the contrast was insane… this group were super-intelligently to the point of geekiness. Kind of wish I’d been there, but looking after the kids was fun too 🙂