The World Health Organisation has declared: “Everyone party!”
OK, maybe they weren’t so exuberant, but they that know have signalled that this Covid thing may be well behind us shortly.
With three birthdays in the Looby house in the space of eight days, excitement levels have been at fever pitch.
Due to Covid restrictions there were birthdays on a more limited, outdoorsy scale in 2020 and 2021. That meant no play zone fun and prayers that the rain stayed away.
This year that worry was removed from us and many other parents. A phone call, the sending of invites, the making up of party take home bags and the purchase of cake and candles was all we had to trouble ourselves with.
Drawing up the list of invitees was on a pare with wedding invite time but we got there and a round figure of 30 was agreed upon.
I must say at this point that I was not one of the partyers, my too grand age precluding me from all the fuss.
In the end The Whirlwind Wonder and The Little Fella has 23 friends and cousins greet them at the local play zone.
Within minutes the sweat was running off the little mites’ heads and the smiles were infectious.
With nine and 11 year olds it can be difficult to organise something fun that requires a lot of activity over a two and a half hour period. Us parents are competing with a gazillion dancing pixels on screens bringing worlds of wonder to their young eyes. Thankfully the mix of obstacle courses, laser tag and go karting entertained most of them sufficiently, but it was sad to see some children in the centre disappearing into their phones.
And here is where I run the risk of sounding preachy. Being in a glasshouse most of the time on most issues I know not to throw stones, but I was relieved to not count my daughter as one among their number, although she did get drawn to some Snapchat conversations going on at feeding time.
The sound of 25 children screaming Happy Birthday! has to be experienced to be understood. Needless to say I was reaching for my ears in instinctual protective mode on a good few occasions.
The boys all started making this Choo noise at one point before placing a plastic cup in their mouths and flinging it in the air to get it to land upright.
Good, clean old fashioned fun and such a joy to see.
Most of those in attendance are in class together so there was an easy banter and way about things.
The day preceding the party and the following few days were a heady mixture of excitement and fatigue with a few wobbles thrown in for good measure.
But so long as the cake train keeps coming there’ll be plenty of Choos and happy sounds, to keep the house full of noise.
Apart from paying for the party, it was a day of many highs and plenty of photo ops.
The counting of the money in cards followed and then the dreaming of what to spend it on.
With two more cakes to come this Friday and Saturday as I and The Whirlwind Wonder celebrate our birthdays, the fun will continue.
As the continues to focus on events across the water, there are enough big moments here for a month!