Happy Friday from Springfield, Missouri, home of Cashew Chicken, Bass Pro, Brad Pitt, and also where my parents live. We’re here for a few days visiting them and celebrating Jackson’s 4th birthday, which is today. When I asked him a couple months ago what he thought he might want to do for his birthday, he said he wanted to visit his grandparents. I told him him he could do that AND have a party, but he was adamant: no party (he gets a little social anxiety when he’s the center of attention in a large group of people). We had a big party for him last year (size-wise, I mean; it wasn’t anything fancier than a shin-dig in the park with bagels and cake), and he spent most of it trying to hide from his guests. So, I asked him if this year he might like to have just three or four friends over for a small party at our home, and he said no to that too (and not because he doesn’t have friends — he has plenty). I asked if he wanted to have two friends go get ice cream with him after school and even that was met with a “Maybe next year.” The kid really wanted nothing else besides visiting his grandparents, so here we are. And my own grandmother and two of my aunts and an uncle will be joining us from St. Louis tomorrow to help extend the birthday into the weekend. We’re also hitting a fall harvest fest tomorrow, complete with a pumpkin patch and corn mazes and hay rides and kettle corn and stuff like that. A perfect day for a brand new four-year-old, and not too shabby for the rest of us either.
I hope it’s a lovely weekend where you are, and that you have enough plans to look forward to but not too many to overwhelm you. Cheers!