May 10, 2005


Small birthday party for the seven year old Sunday (yes, it was Mother's Day, what's your point?). Homemade chocolate cake (frantic IM to Diane: Know any good chocolate layer cake recipes?). Decoration conceived and supplied by the birthday boy:

frog cake

The cake was yummy, and a good time was had by all (I think).

It's funny, really. The last couple of years we've had larger parties; fifteen kids or thereabouts, plus parents. We've put on a good spread and came up with interesting party projects. And I think everyone had fun... except Damian. Or rather, he kind of sort of had fun. He enjoyed the idea of it more than the event itself. A whole bunch of kids invading his room/toys/house/yard, that part overwhelmed him a bit. So this year: six kids, including him. A total of four families, including us. And he had a great time. Sometimes you have to put aside your own preconceived notions, your own idealized version of what something should look like and see it from a seven year old's point of view. This particular seven year old. A successful party is one that the birthday boy enjoys. A successful life is one that fulfills and satisfies the person who lives it. You can't judge based on externals.

Posted by Tamar at May 10, 2005 04:13 PM | TrackBack

A good time WAS had by all.

Love, TC (whose family was one-quarter or so of 'all')

Posted by: Tiny Coconut at May 12, 2005 12:13 PM

I hear you. Bam tried to run away from his second birthday party. He likes people, but in smaller numbers.

Posted by: sleeky at May 12, 2005 07:17 PM

Hi. I've just found your blog and wanted to say that I will be back. I also have a son (age 6) on the autism spectrum who is in regular ed. It sounds like our little guys have a lot in common.

Posted by: Cori at May 13, 2005 09:24 PM
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