Not Invited?

MY VIEWS | | February 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Recently I decided to host a Valentine’s party for my daughter’s Pre-K class. I sent an invite out (albeit a very untidy, rushed, and forgot-to-write-my-kid’s-name-on-it invitation) and thankfully the teacher called to let me know I missed out a few new students.  All along the way I received comments like “what a wonderful thing you are doing” to “you are brave” to “what a mess after” and though my home seriously needs a good cleaning (no really it does) I don’t think kids really care (and frankly neither do I).

Anyway while I was in the chiropractor office trying to fix an awful (no exaggeration here) stiff neck I overheard the chiropractor and a patient discussing how the patient deals with the school’s rule (which I love) that if you send an invite through school you need to invite the entire class. He also mentioned to get out of it he sends mailed invitations to the children’s homes.

A few years ago when I was giving out invitations to my daughter’s birthday I had given out the cards to 2 neighbors and noticed another kid with them. He lived in our neighborhood block too and though I knew him but not too well (at the time) I originally had not planned on inviting him. Since the other 2 house kids and him were great friends on a limb I invited him too. My only reason was I hated the kids discussing it and he being made to feel bad for not being invited. I am sure every single one of us recalls that party that we were not invited to. I know, I know – the cost is a big factor for most. I am not well to do – in fact far from it – but I do believe sharing never made me poorer.

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