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Share Your World 5/15/23 Party on, Dude!

Di has asked these questions today:

 Children aside, do you celebrate your birthday/anniversary or is it just a normal day for you?
I am thrilled about my birthday. Not the usual way though. I enjoy the day thoroughly just because it’s “My Day”. It’s not about presents or gatherings or cards for me. It’s about doing what I want for a whole day. As a Mom (both for pets and people), Grandmother, Wife, and Daughter, I don’t take a lot of time even thinking about what I’d like to do. On my birthday, I grant myself permission to indulge ME. Usually that looks like being alone and uninterrupted. [Many of my friends know that means no phone calls either. Those interrupt me from whatever I wish to do.]
Do/did you always give your child a birthday party when they were young?
No. Very few of my kids’ birthdays were actual parties. Most included a special meal and close family or a special outing. The child’s choice. [IMHO… parties are WAY overplayed by parents these days. Seems to be related to a sense of guilt for those who work away from home.]
I’m adding more of an explanation about my last statement.
Almost every day at my day care was a ‘party’ or celebration of something. I want to distinguish a “home-made” clever party from what I called a “guilt party”. Guilt parties are the renting of places and professionals to entertain your kids as a status symbol “keeping up with the Joneses” event rather than an exciting creative at-home mom party.

My kids always had a “mom party” with their favorite things a part of their day. 😁❤️
If your child was born on Christmas Day (or a few days either side of the 25th), did they have a ‘half birthday’ in June, two presents/celebrations, or something else?
My daughter was a New Year’s baby. She gets her birthday on New Year’s Day. It comes first before other celebrations. If she’d come on Christmas (Her actual due date.), I’m sure we would have found a way to compartmentalize our holiday to give her the special recognition that we hold dear as far as birthday remembrances.
Would you prefer to give your child a party, or take them and a few friends on a special outing?
The outing is/was our choice. I find large parties a lot of flash and show without much substance.

Gratitude: I’m thankful that spending time alone is a pleasure to me. I’m never lonely or bored. ❤


I love a well told story. If it makes me laugh, all the better.

10 thoughts on “Share Your World 5/15/23 Party on, Dude!

      1. Oh my word. That is indeed Bill and Ted.🤣 If that doesn’t illustrate my brain fog from these allergies/cold/whatever is going on with me…I don’t know what does. Amazing movies indeed.

  1. Agree on alone time, though I have plenty on my non birthday days, so I like a fuss on my birthday! I created the elaborate parties when I was a home-mom; when I returned to work full time, they were less involved 😀

  2. What a great post Susan. I agree with you about glitzy parties with entertainment etc etc.
    To me it’s a waste of money, the kids either don’t appreciate it or don’t understand, and it’s not about the birthday child at all, but putting one over your ‘friends’.
    I did home parties for the kids in my care, just a few friends, but we’d play games and have fun (I did fancy dress once), but as they got older, it was a case of whoever’s birthday it was chose the menu and I cooked it.
    Having just celebrated my 67th, we had our two friends in and I cooked my ginger and pineapple chicken with caramel cheesecake to follow. It was a great day. Our anniversary was two days before, so we had a meal out at the garden centre as we can take the dog in, so she shared!
    Thanks for taking part this week.

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