This time last year my stepson was getting himself excited about going to a party for his friend Jack. Last year we were snowed in. I was working from home as the buses weren’t running and we made the most of the weather and went out sledging.
As we hadn’t been out to get a present I decided to make one – the party was a pirate themed fancy dress so I figured the birthday boy liked pirates. As a stepmum (and fairly new to this step-parenting lark) I am not a big fan of going to kids parties, I feel like the odd one out. The square peg in the round hole because I am “not-a-proper-parent”. I don’t have any children of my own so at times I feel awkward. So my husband does children’s party duty. That year, with all the snow, Mini C was in his pirate outfit underneath his snowsuit and all the woollen layers and his Dad took him to the party by pulling him on the sledge.
Last year this was what I made for the birthday present.
Amazingly another year has whizzed by and tomorrow it’s Jack’s birthday again! This time no fancy dress. I have made a decision that any party he is invited to, that I will make the effort to make a gift for the birthday boy or girl. Having seen the sorts of things people get for other people’s kids at birthday parties, it makes me a little sad. You know the sort of thing, kids end up with something they already have, or two of something from different people. They get so many things that birthday presents can lose their “specialness”. It seems to be all about quantity than quality these days. A while back I posed the question to Mini C as to whether he would prefer to get loads of presents that he didn’t like or one big present he did like. Sadly he said “Loads of presents I don’t like.” I asked why – and he said he loves getting presents. I then said – but why if you don’t like them? He thought about it for a while and then quipped “Well, in that case, lots of presents I do like!” That wasn’t what I asked. Ah well.
So hopefully my idea will go down well. I even included a little print out of ideas to go with it. Just in case it was a bit of a ‘what?’ moment to be confronted by something that doesn’t take batteries or is some kind of Lego set.
And happily this evening I’ve had an order from Germany – so all of this will be heading off tomorrow!