I have a few questions I’d like to ask all of you, just for curiosity sake, NOT because anything like this actually happened to me and my daughter this weekend:
1. If your child was new to a school, and was invited to a classmate’s birthday party, but said she wasn’t sure if she wanted to go because she didn’t know the classmate very well, would you:
a. Tell her the best way to make a friend is to be a friend and encourage her to attend
b. Remind her that even if she doesn’t know the birthday girl well, that all her classmates will be there and it will be fun regardless, or
2 If you and your child show up to the birthday party and you realize that your child is THE ONLY CHILD out of the entire class who showed up, would you:
a. Smile and act cheerful as if this is normal
b. Pretend like there’s nothing awkward about being the only guest to show up
3. If you were the birthday girl’s mother, and only one other parent brought a child to your daughter's party, would you:
a. Play with your new cell phone, texting the entire time, including during the singing of “Happy Birthday” to your own daughter
b. At least attempt to carry on a five-minute conversation with the other parent, or
And as if that situation wasn’t awkward enough, imagine the following conversation between me and the birthday girl, who I had never met before:
Birthday Girl: "Do you have any zits?"
Me, highly offended: "I’m sorry, what???"
BG: "Do you have any cents?"
Me: "Oh, CENTS! You want to know if I have any cents?"
BG: "Yes. I need some money so I can go play a video game."