Going Overboard! When Is "Enough Is Enough" Too Much?
What's happening to children's birthday parties these days?
Peer pressure is butting in here as well, it seems. 'Peer Pressure' is a bit pushy, methinks, and should be taken aside, or down to the old shed out the back and given a good talking to! A few home truths and facts of life should be explained, in detail, to 'Peer Pressure'. I don't remember my mother or grandmother ever succumbing to this kind of nonsense. It used to be 'Keeping up with the Jones's'...but the 'Jones's' left town and the 'Peer Pressures' moved in to take their place! Now, with their pushiness, they've taken over the neighbourhood!
I do, however, remember excitedly shifting from one foot to the other, my eyes sparkling in eager anticipation, while I watched my mother preparing chocolate crackles, 'cheerios' ready to be heated when needed, accompanied by the obligatory bowls of tomato sauce, home-made sausage rolls, savoury biscuits/crackers bearing deliciously-tasting toppings of a vast variety, fancy cupcakes, bowls of nuts, lollies/candy and crystallized ginger. And of course, the main feature of the day, the decoratively-iced birthday cake.
When my brother and I were children, our birthday parties were never Cecil B. De Mille productions, but we eagerly and impatiently waited for each birthday to arrive (not like today!). Just a couple of good mates would join in with the fun. The afternoon would be spent racing around the yard, playing and chasing each other! Every now again stopping by the table for a 'top-up' of fuel to re-energise our motors for the next game of 'cowboys and indians' or whatever was on the agenda. A tub of ice loaded with bottles of sarsaparilla, lemonade, lemon squash, creaming soda, ginger beer and horehound stood by to quench our wild, young thirsts.
Kids don't need lavish birthday parties. They need to be able to kick off their shoes, run around the yard bare-footed, get dirty and go back to their homes with sticky faces and gravel-rashed knees and elbows!
Let's get back to basics....let's get back to the simple ways as much as we possibly can. Children don't need all the fancy toys and gadgets to make them happy. A child's imagination and the freedom to allow a child to utilize that imagination is the best gift one can give a child.