12.19.2007

A Holiday Confession

I have a small confession. I dislike classroom parties. There, I admitted it.

Go ahead with your Scrooge-ish comments, I can take it.

10 or so 3-4 year olds in a confined space with plates full of cupcakes/cookies/candy/chips with a juice box on the side just makes me antsy. A little twitchy too.

But I schlepped my tray of apples and cheese through the rain to attend A.'s little soiree. Upon setting my load down onto the respective file cabinet, I was met with a resounding "Mama!! You came to my party!!!!" Just imagine the decibel level.

Her sweet enthusiasm squelched my Scroogeness for a while. Although, truth be told, when it was over, I did have an extra pep in my step to be on my merry way. I'm just saying.

Annelise with her sweet teacher. Bless her!

11 comments:

  1. Preschool teachers are unbelievable to me. The things they willingly put up with! I know I was not cut out for that kind of chaos on a daily basis.

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  2. Right back atcha. I hate those parties. The kids all hopped up on sugar - it's a recipe for disaster.

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  3. I'll do it because it's important to my boys, but I hate them as well. I ended up in charge of my son's Halloween party when he was in preschool and it was a complete nightmare. You're an awesome mom for doing it even when you don't want to!

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  4. Oh, I so feel the same way!! I have three in the next two days. UGH! I'm totally NOT looking forward to it.

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  5. Parties are the most stressful times! By the way, I love the flamingo onthe poster in the background of the teacher pic...

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  6. I have to go right now and pick up craft supplies for ours tomorrow. Dreading it...

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  7. I agree. And the reason why I go to all of those is because it is SO special and important to my kids. Good for you for being there.

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  8. I know exactly what you mean. I was helping at Whitney's class party today and had to talk myself out of being totally sicked out by the filthy fingers, boogery noses, bed head and general 1st grader filthiness going as they frosted cookies. I had brought 2 containers of frosting and both only got half used, so another mom tried to hand them to me so I could take them home, but I cried out, "No way, they're contaminated."

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  9. I hear ya! I'm one down with one to go. Pray for me. ;-)

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  10. I didn't know the "party etiquette" when my oldest had his first early pre-K Christmas party. So I sent him along on his way to school, along with whatever little gifts he had for everyone. I was 8-1/2 months pregnant with my third, and the second was 18 months old, Nathan was 3. SO I REALLY NEEDED THAT TIME WHILE HE WAS IN SCHOOL, as you can imagine. ANYWAY...when I arrived a few minutes early to pick him up for the day (how selfless of me to give up a few minutes to get there a little early), I realized that I was the only parent who had not been there for the party. I had no idea the lengths these mothers would go to in order to put on a bash for these little kiddos. I started tearing up in the classroom and cried the rest of the afternoon that I had missed his party, and he was the only one without a parent there. Does he remember it? Probably not. But I will never forget.

    I have managed to wiggle my way out of a couple of them over the years since I have started my part-time job. I still hate them. I did attend Beck and Chloe's Christmas parties on Wednesday. Nathan has graduated to Junior High where it would really never be forgotten if I DID show up. Thank goodness for that.

    You've got a ways to go, girl! :)

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