I am so glad to be back at work.Â First of all, so I can get some rest, second of all, somebody has got to pay for all this stuff.Â 2 days, 2 parties (1 kids, 1 family), if we had had the kid’s party in our house rather than out, you may very well be reading my obituary today.
But as it goes, anything worth doing is worth doing until your near death… or something like that.
But in it all, a single moment of guilt.Â Something, I never thought I would do.Â Between the time she got her presents, and the time she opened them, I noticed that in one of her presents, she got… gah… the dreaded Bratz Doll.Â And I am a very lenient as parents go (I think anyway) but there was no way this scourge was going to start populating and invading our home… and…Â I stashed the offending present.Â I saved the card, will buy her something else, place it in the same bag from the child and let her “get” that gift instead.
One small problem has snuck into the plan.Â We normally (we… TheWife does it, not me… too lazy), always has LatteGirl mention the gift in the Thank You. (Why is this?Â Is it supposed to make it a more “personal” Thank You by mentioning what you were given by that particular person?Â So, now we will have to omit that step on one child’s card.Â My sneaky suspicion is that LatteGirl will catch on that something is different… why not list the present on this child’s card.Â All I can say is that I am glad that I am not the one helping fill out those cards.
Now, I want to cut the mother some slack here because… well because she only has boys, and I am guessing she had no clue.
Now, please indulge me and those that are a bit more used to dealing with children’s parties than I,Â Let me ask a couple of questions here. Â First, is there anybody in this day and age that doesn’t give a gift receipt along with the present?Â I feel petty asking this, but I mean particularly for a children’s party where you may not know the other people well enough to know what the child wants or needs… or may have already received two of, why wouldn’t you give a gift receipt?Â I mean hell, Target gives me one whenever I buy a toy there, whether I want it or not.
The second one is far less clear.Â How would you deal with an inappropriate parent?Â Allow me to give some needed details.Â One child’s mother shows up at the children’s party (which was held indoors, at a place where no less that 4 different child’s parties are going on at the same time.Â (Children from toddlers to tweens. )Â First of all this lady shows up where a criminally short micro-mini-skirt and a top with so much cleavage showing, if you looked straight down from above, you could probably see her navel… and her shoes.Â If that wasn’t enough on its own to be a bit embarrassing to have her associated with “our party” she (apparently being divorced), took it upon herself to take a crack at each of the dad’s that were there with their kids (no, she did not take a crack at me, which would be why I am not currently busy trying to raise bail for TheWife).Â So what would you have done with the lady that has now been not so affectionately been known as Desperate-Slut-Mom?