Today for the BlogFest, we were given this prompt from Wine-N-Chat host, Jenn:
I want you to share a Party Story. Anything goes: costume party, Halloween party, wedding party, family barbeque, Christmas party, bar mitzvah, dinner party, –oh the possibilities are endless!! And I’m curious to know if you are the life of the party or the one sitting back being entertained??
There are two childhood parties of my own that stick out in my memory: one was my Doll Party inspired by the book, “The Best Loved Doll.” I can still remember that Alison Shannen won the Best Dressed Category. She and her doll were much more chic than the newly seven-year-old me could ever be.
The other party I remember was my third grade wishing well party.
My Mom got very into throwing parties and for some reason, this year, she was completely into it. She built a wishing well and each girl (I was required to invite each girl from my class plus some neighborhood and church girls) got to pull her own favor-wishing well from it. They all had a wish slogan along with my name and my birth date and a thank you.
I remember thinking it odd, because Mom always said we didn’t have much money and my birthday was in January so after Christmas spending we really DIDN’T have much money. What made her plan such an extravagance as personalized Wishing Wells? Did she find a great special at the party store and base everything around that?
My eighty-year-old Mom doesn’t even remember the Doll Party, so I don’t think she will remember the Wishing Well party, although when I see her this week, I will ask her.
When I think of parties, I think primarily of the birthday parties for my children I have thrown. I think of Bianca’s sixteenth birthday at Comedy Sportz with three-week-old Emma in an adorable white tutu style dress.
I think of Katherine’s four-year-old Christmas themed party back when I was into being the perfect Mom. This stage ended soon after.
I remember Emma’s recent party – she turned fifteen and her friends were delighted to come to a Tea Party celebrating Emma’s life. She hasn’t had many parties with many friends so this was a big deal.
I think of Samuel’s first birthday party: he was the king at Pump-It-Up and everyone was honoring him. Each guest was, like him, on the autism spectrum. For many it was the first birthday party they attended.
Like Mom, I love throwing parties. I want to have more home-based parties, though. Samuel thinks all parties are supposed to be at Pump-It-Up. If you know autism, you know what rules and regulations MUST be followed.
I definitely want to throw a party for me this year.
Now there’s a great memory in the making!
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© 2012 by Julie Jordan ScottJulie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & this Summer will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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