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Despite Covid, we went ahead with my son’s birthday party — and I think it was worth the risk

Bill Linnane


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It felt very normal hearing children throwing themselves down slides and having fun. Picture posed

It felt very normal hearing children throwing themselves down slides and having fun. Picture posed

It felt very normal hearing children throwing themselves down slides and having fun. Picture posed

The middle child has had his birthday party. This isn’t news in itself, but given that his actual birthday was in August, it’s probably more notable. Back then, everyone was on their summer holidays, so we pushed it out until the first few weeks of school. Then our finances were wiped out by back-to-school costs, so we pushed it back again to some point in the future. But like any family watching the numbers rise, we realised it was now or never. It was clear that if we were going to get this kid’s birthday party done within the calendar year that it actually took place, we had to strike.

We soon discovered that a lot of soft play areas have either decided to call it a day and closed forever or they are going to wait until such time as they feel the pandemic is over. I envy both their patience and optimism.


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