Five

Mara turned five on Easter Sunday. We celebrated the day before by having a few of Mara’s buddies over for a ballerina-themed party. Most of the parents stayed, but two did not, one of them a dad. He apologized for “dropping off” and beat a hasty retreat, muttering about work he had to do.

It was a Grande Tyme. We happened to hit on a Schedule of Events that worked out really well for a two-hour party that didn’t seem any too short by the time it was over. The girls ran around for ten or fifteen minutes while everyone arrived, and then the very first thing we did was sit them down around the table for a snack. They ate pretzels, cheese sticks, grapes and apple chunk kebabs on toothpicks with orange and red ribbon frills. Apple and “berry” juice boxes were offered. All the participants chose apple so as to “be like the birthday girl”. The timing of the snack proved felicitous indeed. All the girls were starved.

Job one: fill their tanks.

It was my idea to play Duck Duck Goose, which was a big hit but almost didn’t happen. Mara didn’t really feel like it, so the bill was about to die on the House floor, as it were, but I asked the girls if they would play it if I played too, and one of the older girls said that sounded fun. Just like in Twelve Angry Men, the jury of seven finally turned completely around, although in less time. We played Duck Duck Goose for twenty whole minutes.

Next it was time to make necklaces. Thanks to Angela’s preparedness and resourcefulness, each participant was supplied with a little cup of beads and little wooden letters to spell their name. We helped them string them in the right order. This proved to be the perfect sit-down, eye-hand crafty event to follow the physicality of Duck Duck Goose.

A moment we all deserve.

Then the cupcakes were brought out. The celebrants could choose from pink, orange or white frosting. The table was divided, pinks on the east side and oranges on the west side. The oldest girl braved it alone and chose white. Then they were given M&Ms and sparkles with which to decorate their cupcakes. The spectacle of seven kids mauling cupcakes heaped with candy and licking frosting off their elbows in sherbet colors is a sight better left to the imagination.

The revelers then adjourned for the Opening of Presents. We had coached Mara a little beforehand in how to be gracious, to retard somewhat that devastatingly brutal honesty that kids exhibit around gift opening. It worked. With only occasional prompting from us, she thanked each of her tributaries upon opening their gifts, and even rose from her Opening of Presents Throne to embrace each of them in their turn. It was sweet.

Holding court and receiving tribute.

Five! (?)

Where did the time go? They say the days are long and the years are short, and I’ve found this to be true. Already.

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12 Responses to “Five”


  1. 1 Louis April 8, 2010 at 09:19

    Beautiful pictures. And way to filibuster to get that Duck Duck Goose bill passed! You’ve got my vote in the next election! The Journeyman. Now More Than Ever.

  2. 2 jstwndrng April 8, 2010 at 09:51

    😀

    I would run on a platform that everyone’s life should have a musical score that they can hear (and share!) and that every Thursday would be officially designated “messing about in boats” day. All spiders from literature and mythology would get unconditional amnesty. CEOs and other executives and boardmembers that brought down entire economies would have to give over all their assets to reconstruction efforts retaining only enough money to live in bug-infested apartments in urban areas where the only food they could access was in convenience stores. Senators and representatives could serve only 4 years and then must work in retail for six months to reacclimate to reality. Guacamole would not be extra.

  3. 3 Louis April 9, 2010 at 09:05

    LOL. YES WE CAN.

  4. 4 Marni April 9, 2010 at 20:22

    I’d vote for you just for the free guacamole. And everyone should have to do a 6 month stint in either retail or food service, just to learn how to be better people!

    • 5 jstwndrng April 9, 2010 at 20:42

      That really is a good idea about the retail requirement, isn’t it. I wish I could say it was my idea. I think Jefferson thought of it first, though.

  5. 6 Louis April 10, 2010 at 05:32

    As your campaign manager, I think I’ve come up with a way you can use the idea, and not only make it part of your platform, but make it yours.

    Might I suggest this campaign ad:

    (Establishing shot of a lush green park with birds a-tweeting, children a-playing and families a-picnicking. As the camera slowly pans from left to right capturing this beautiful panoramic slice of Americana, Matt´s voice is heard. Firm, sincere..)

    MATT VO: ..a musical score for everyone’s life…Thursdays will be “messing about in boats” day…All spiders from literature and mythology would get unconditional amnesty…CEOs and other executives and boardmembers that brought down entire economies would have to give over all their assets to reconstruction efforts retaining only enough money to live in bug-infested apartments in urban areas where the only food they could access was in convenience stores…Senators and representatives could serve only 4 years and then must work in retail for six months to reacclimate to reality…Guacamole would not be extra.

    (CAMERA CUTS TO: Marnie. She’s standing in front of a bubbling fountain. Kids and dogs are playing in the background. Marnie has a look of concern for the future on her face. Yet she is hopeful. She’s looking right into the camera)

    MARNIE: I’d vote for you just for the free guacamole. But shouldn’t everyone have to do a 6 month stint in either retail or food service, just to learn how to be better people?

    (CAMERA PANS BACK: Revealing Matt in suit and tie. Jacket is slung over his shoulder. Tie is loosened. Shirt sleeves are rolled up. He’s facing Marnie. He turns to the camera and answers with all earnestness)

    MATT: That really is a good idea, Marnie. As your elected official, it is my duty to listen to my constituents and tackle the hard-hitting issues they elected me to address. That’s why I’m adding to my platform a mandatory six-month term in either retail or food service, in order for all of us to understand as well as appreciate the hard work that goes into these jobs each and everyday. As Thomas Jefferson once said, (INSERT JEFFERSON QUOTE HERE. TO BE SELECTED AT A LATER DATE)

    (Point with thumb or knuckle here. DO NOT USE FINGER. DO NOT OVERUSE) If elected, I firmly believe that this mandate as well as the other aforementioned mandates will not only make us better citizens, but better people…

    (CAMERA SLOWLY ZOOMS BACK: Revealing Marnie, many assorted townfolk and a dog or two. Everyone has a look of hope for the future. Matt walks over and stands in front of the people. He is facing the camera)

    MATT: ….better people for a better tomorrow. (Turns to the people) Right?

    (The people cheer. Matt turns towards camera with a chuckle and a smile)

    I’m the Journeyman, and I approved this message.

  6. 7 Kip April 10, 2010 at 19:14

    Wow, I missed a very important thread….but you DO have my vote! And Louis, how long have you been in politics? Or is your uncanny ability to come up with a political ad the result of years in the media?

  7. 8 jstwndrng April 10, 2010 at 19:23

    Wow, Louis! This is brilliant. I love how you fleshed out my mandatory retail idea. That was just something I came up with one day in a mistranslated discussion with some Slovakian constituents, but you’ve really turned it into a solid plank. Also, I just read where Warren Buffet is copying all my ideas. He was saying in the press recently how people responsible for the financial collapse shouldn’t be able to keep their money. That’s a page right outta my book! Oh well, he’s got better access to the media. Not for long, though, eh? Not with “Lighthouse Louis”, the “Beacon of Brazil”, the “Bullhorn of Bahia”, on my team!

  8. 9 jstwndrng April 10, 2010 at 19:25

    Kip, I’ll be needing heavily biased radio coverage. I mean like hourly plugs from my side and zero uptake of the opponent’s stuff. Can you swing that? Oh, and is that legal?

  9. 10 Louis April 11, 2010 at 04:14

    Kip, I´m not a fan of politics. They’re too political. This ability comes from years of sitting in front of a tv……….Ok, that and years of doing voice overs for radio and tv.

    Matt, Look. Don’t worry about Buffet. He’s a good guy and you both want the same thing. If he’s laying claim to the idea of taking money back from the people responsible for the collapse, well let the baby have his bottle, I say. As for his access to the media, we have Kip and Hearst on our side. ‘Nuff said.


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