Tomorrow A3 turns 11 so she wanted to bring treats for her class today. Due to allergies our school has a strict policy on not bringing home baked food for the students. While at Fred Meyers she looked at the cupcakes and was grossed out by the inch-high mound of sugar and shortening dolloped on top. The packaged cookies inspired yawns and eye-rolls. So many of the kids bring in Krispy Kreme that she wasn’t keen on following suit. About mid-way through the store her eyes lit up and she announced that she had an idea. She wanted to bring sushi! Before I could utter a response she started skipping around naming off her favorite types and who she thought might like the different kinds.
Exhorbitant cost aside, the logistics of getting enough fresh sushi for 28 people at 6:00 in the morning and keeping it safely chilled until the afternoon made this impossible. As I explained this to her, her bouncing slowed and her smile fell by increments. We circled the cart back through the bread aisles and she opted for some boxes of powdered sugar donuts instead.
Adding to her disappointment was the news that her birthday party won’t be until January. One of the pitfalls of having a birthday close to Christmas is that many people are away from home and there are lots of holiday activities happening.
I pointed out that this way it’s like she’s getting to have two birthdays. In January everyone will have free time and her party will be fabulous. This cheered her up slightly. This morning she was bouncy and smiling again as she proclaimed, “I’ll be old enough to go to Hogwarts now!”
Happy 11th birthday A3! Keep on bouncing, we love you lots!