The Spiderman Party
Okay, so we thought, since our son was crazy for Spiderman, it would be a natural to have that as the theme for his 4th birthday. So we set about buying and ordering the invitations, napkins, paper plates, you name it, everything had to have the Spiderman theme: including the gift prizes. We even found a woman who made specialty cakes in her home and she agreed to make a spectacular Spiderman one, which she did.
Trust me. There was red and blue everywhere: even the balloons.
Then we hired someone to come to our house to give pony rides to the twenty children at the party. We also bought our son a cowboy hat to wear as the first rider on the brown and white paint pony. (I have no idea how this related to Spiderman, but it sure seemed like a good idea rather than having 4 yr. olds running around going crazy.)
Games were played, while goodies were consumed from the picnic table in our backyard. The pony rides were out front on our street. We took pictures and presents were opened: one of which was a large figure of Spiderman from us. Spiderman and the pony were a hit. Our son thought his birthday was perfect and couldn’t get much better.
Ah, but as parents we knew better…
As a final surprise for our son, his father snuck up and decorated his room. He draped webbing everywhere, even up in the corners and by the window with another smaller Spiderman caught up in it. When everyone had gone home, we brought our son upstairs for his “final birthday surprise.”
Well, our son was speechless as he stood at his bedroom door: his mouth hanging open. His eyes darted around nervously. His father then explained in an excited voice…
“Wow! Spiderman must have visited your room for your birthday!”
Our son, frozen to the spot, freaked out, started crying and refused to enter his bedroom.
No way, no how, was he moving one inch into his room to sleep or otherwise.
“The real Spiderman might come back while I’m sleeping!” he shrieked.
Note to parents: When planning a surprise, try to think through the eyes of your child before telling them that a creature has visited their room.
I think he would have tolerated the horse sleeping there a whole lot better.
Note to writers: Moments like this add to your repertoire for visuals, scenes, dialogue…
…You should hear about the time we had to sleep under the Eiffel Tower in Paris with our 3 sons in a small rental car. At 3am in the morning, my 3 ½ yr. old said, “Mom, I have to go.” I stared from him over to the base of that Eiffel Tower…
P.S. Can’t see those visuals already?