...or Survival of the one who owns the biggest ear plugs.
Well, I have survived. I made it through my very first official teen age party. That is not being a teenager myself, but as the parent hosting the big event. Yup, and I lived to blog about it.
Saturday my oldest, whose birthday it was last week had a few friends over. A few as in a dozen. Twelve teenagers crammed into my 1200 square foot house to watch movies and eat. And eat. Did you know twelve teenagers together in one small space are really loud? Have I mentioned ear plugs yet? They play music and movies loud, they talk loud so that they can be heard over the loud music and movies. They laugh loud.
But it was great fun! It was really nice, actually, having all those kids over to our house and just seeing them hang out and laugh and have good clean fun. They're a really nice bunch of kids. Had to laugh though. There was only one fella amongst the 11 girls. My daughter had invited another but he was out of town. And both these fellas are among her "group" of friends but they are also the "attached" guys of the group. They come as package deals with girls they are dating in the group. So this one fella came at the stated time of 6:30 and his girl had to work and didn't come until 10. When she walked in the door, he says to her: "I'm soooo glad to see you. I surrrre missed you!!!!!" To which I had to quickly disappear before he heard my huge HAHAHAHA! Poor guy! And to add insult to injury one of the movies they made him sit through was a total chick flick. "She's the man".
Ah well. I'm so glad that my daughter is part of a group that is a mix of guys and gals and that for the most part they are all just real good friends. I don't remember that from my high school years. There was the guys, there was the girls, and then there was the crowd that was dating and never the twain shall mix. There seemed to be a lot more pressure in my time or with my group of classmates to be paired off. With these kids everybody is just real good friends. Even the ones who are dating; they were in the group as friends before they starting officially dating.
So I made it in spite of my fears. I actually had a fear that tons of kids would show up univited as I've heard some horror stories of this very thing. You know, the he tells someone and she tells someone, who tells someone and before you know it 100 kids are on your doorstep. That actually happened to my friend who hosted an 18th birthday party for an exchange student. They invited about 20 kids and about 80 - 100 showed up on her front steps throughout the night. The thought just makes my stomach twist into knots.
But these kids were great. They were polite and well behaved. And guess what, not even one glass got broken. And they all went home on time. Yup, I think I'd do it again.