They know how to throw a child’s birthday party. Snacks, drinks, and birthday cake were offered. Chairs were lined up around the room for optimum visiting opportunity. One of the twins would let out a jubilant yell each time someone else would come in the front door. The birthday girl would run to hug the latest guest. Everyone was welcomed and free to be themselves.
Her aunts and uncles enjoyed playing Tic/Tac/Toe and Hangman on the magnetic erase elephant they spotted. In other words, there was an elephant in the room, and they made good use of it. Balls of tissue paper kept flying across the room as certain (older) siblings couldn’t resist the temptation to pelt each other whenever possible. New stuffed animals were passed or tossed around. The fluffy sheep made the rounds of the family members who have the sound that particular animal makes in their last name.
Both sets of grandparents were in attendance. The birthday girl was enthusiastic and efficient about opening presents. Once some of the more elaborate toys were unwrapped, batteries added, and such, a roomful of intelligent adults and three young children watched intently as a pink puppy dog and matching car motored around on the floor.
I decided I wasn’t going to risk using my phone camera for this event. Yes, my camera was probably the oldest one being used and likely has the lowest number of megapixels per square anything, but so what. I feel I was able to capture the spirit of the party and the essence of what was happening all around.
I’m grateful that these friends of ours do not feel it is necessary to come up with any party games or specific activities they want everyone to participate in. They just let people come, love on their three adorable girls, and enjoy spending time together over cake, an assortment of old toys and some brand new ones.
The event was scheduled to last (and did) a reasonable for young children when cake and presents are involved amount of time of two hours. I imagine if Kevin and I had children of our own, that celebration is very much what their birthday parties would look like: laid back, fairly simple, enjoyable for adults as well as the under six age group, and fun.
Lord, thank You for the gift of this family and this beautiful little girl in our lives. She has brought so much joy, laughter, and blessings to us in such a short time. May she always know how loved she is by You as well as her family and friends. Amen.