Family

Celebrating Other People’s Children

I suck.  I know I suck, but I suck a lot more when I have to be around people I don’t know.

Saturday my Unicorn attended his 1st birthday party for a classmate.  I had never heard of Pump it Up before, but upon googling I found that it was a super neat looking joint.  Plus, the invitation (rife with errors that made me cringe because, again, I suck) indicated that the party was only 2 hours long so I considered that a win.

When I RSVP’d I didn’t take several things into account:

  1. Day 1, game 1 of Fall Soccer
  2. No sitter for the Dragon
  3. Purchasing a suitable gift for a strange child I had never met
  4. Having to interact with strange adults I had never met

Perfect.

I planned ahead!  I SWEAR I DID!  I packed a large bag for the day full of snacks and distractions, I pre-packed his soccer bag, I even portioned out the Dragon’s medication for the day. I felt like a God damn champion when I went to bed.

Rushing around Saturday morning, I had a plan:

  • 8:00 a.m: Leave for soccer
  • 9:00 a.m.: Soccer starts
  • 10:00 a.m.: Soccer ends
  • 10:30 a.m.: Leave soccer field and head across town to purchase gift
  • 11:00 a.m.: Purchase gift from Toy ‘R Us
  • 12:30 p.m.: Arrive home for lunches and naps
  • 2:00 p.m.: Leave for party
  • 3-5:00 p.m.: Party at place with people who don’t know me
  • 6:00 p.m.: Arrive at sisters to use printer to make shirt for Comic Con
  • 6:45 p.m.: Arrive home, feed children supper
  • 7:00 p.m.: Dragon and Unicorn go to bed
  • 7:30 p.m.: Open box of wine

Well.  It didn’t go as planned:

  • 8:00 a.m: Leave for soccer
  • 8:05 p.m.: Arrive back home to retrieve forgotten soccer ball
  • 8:15 p.m.: Give up running around the house looking for said soccer ball and remind Unicorn he has RESPONSIBILITIES, even at 4-years-old.  I wasn’t going to be able to be able to remember his soccer ball for the REST OF HIS LIFE!
  • 9:00 a.m.: Soccer starts
  • 10:00 a.m.: Soccer ends
  • 10:30 a.m.: Leave soccer field and head across town to purchase gift
  • 11:00 a.m.: Purchase gift from Toy ‘R Us
  • 12:30 p.m.: Arrive home for lunches and naps
  • 2:00 p.m.: Leave for party
  • 3-5:00 p.m.: Party at place with people who don’t know me and stand awkwardly around the drinking fountain whilst making faces at the Dragon because I don’t want to have to socially interact with anyone.
  • 6:00 p.m.: Arrive at sisters to use printer to make shirt for Comic Con, have to figure out how to rotate the image and do all this junk I wasn’t prepared to do.
  • 6:45 p.m.: Arrive home, feed children supper (which was really just Hot Pockets)
  • 7:00 p.m.: Dragon and Unicorn go to bed (against their will)
  • 7:30 p.m.: Open box of wine and  promptly fall into dazed stupor on couch.

 

The above is from May 2016.  I didn’t know then that in 6 short months my life would be completely the same barring a few miscellaneous things.

I still have to socialize with parents I don’t know, only now I have to do it for TWO kids rather than one now that Dragon is older.  I still have to do it all by myself except on the weekends (one weekend, every three weeks) that I don’t have the kids.  I don’t have boxes of wine (usually) anymore.   My schedule is twice as packed now that I have both kiddos AND school AND work AND a house I have to take care of and you know, laundry doesn’t do itself, though I wish it would.

Today is a weird day.  I will write about it when I can put it into words.

 

 

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