Blue Kid is having a party tonight.
"Mom? Can I have a party New Year's Eve?"
I immediately imagined a houseful of teenagers. I imagined that I'd be able to scope out all his friends and acquaintances. All of them all dressed up. A fancy party, of course! Me running around for days beforehand, making the house look really pretty. Making a ton of food for them. Cups full of ice and pop all around! And setting up the stereo and getting CDs ready for just the right atmosphere.
"Yeah, sure! Who are you going to invite?"
"It'll just be me, Dan, Griffin, Matt and Patrick."
Not that I don't love them.
These four boys practically live at my house all the time. They've been here almost every day and every night over Christmas break, in their pajamas, playing video games in Blue Kid's room.
No need to worry about getting Blue Kid a new outfit. Or making the house look pretty. Or setting up the stereo.
And most disappointingly, no scoping.
But they still need to eat.
"Honey? I'm going to the grocery store. What do you want to eat at your party?"
Blue Kid furrowed his brow, thought for a minute and then said rather seriously, "Um, Focus Vitamin Water and, um, pizza rolls. We haven't had pizza rolls in forever."
Of course, I had imagined making them something sort of special. But, I laughed and drove to the store. Where I not only bought Focus Vitamin Water and two huge bags of pizza rolls. I also bought mozzarella sticks and Bagel Bites! And a package of Oreos.
Happy New Year, everyone! May you all have teenagers who would rather stay at home on New Year's Eve and eat pizza rolls with their buddies than be out running the roads.
And if not, I hope at least you're able to get a little scoping in.
Cheers! And be safe.