The fun, the terror of a birthday party

Last week, my seven year old “innie” insisted I stay at the bowling party with her.   She felt nervous all day.   “Mom, I don’t want to bowl.  Do I have to?”

“No, honey.  You can watch.”

“Will they make me bowl?  I don’t want to, I just want to watch.”

“I said that’s fine.  I even emailed ahead to tell her you wanted to watch.”

Wanting to watch didn’t surprise me.  The ice skating party for another friend consisted of two hours of watching.  Not even close to the rink or a skate.  Just watching from a near by table.

Back to the bowling party.  She watched.  I watched.  I really didn’t want to stay.  Finally, after about 45 minutes, I asked if I could leave for a quick errand and come back.  “Yes, that’s okay,” she replied with decision.  Feeling confident she would be fine, I power walked out of there to the grocery store.

When I returned, the birthday girls mom ran up to me.  “Guess what!  She bowled!  She asked me if she could have a turn.  And she was dancing around.  And she’s really good!  I even got video!  I’ll send it to you next week.”

What?  I could be surprised, and I was a bit.  However, with my introvert, I know that she will do things when she’s ready.  The skating party, she needed more observation time.  The bowling party, she only needed one hour of observing and then she felt comfortable participating.

She smiled, her feet hopping up and down, crazy dancing.  She loved, loved, loved bowling!  On her own terms of course . . . “Can we go again tomorrow?”



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4 Comments on “The fun, the terror of a birthday party”

  1. fruitlady Says:

    Nice! It’s so great to see them get to the point of doing!

  2. Jamie Says:

    So funny you wrote about this! I’m 22, and went bowling the other day and would have rather just watched then bowled, ha!

    I hate being forced into doing activities, I like to do them on my own time, too 🙂

  3. meltay Says:

    That’s funny!

  4. Jake Bensley Says:

    I was just wondering if i could use the picture of the bowling pins for a project at college. I am asking as i need proof of permission before i can use it, thanks.

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