Tonight we treated ourselves to supper at Pizza Hut. We've never been to Pizza Hut as a family of four, but the girls wanted to cash in on their Book It! coupons and I was grateful for a culinary vacation.
Consuming nearly half of the dining area was a birthday celebration for one lucky girl's sweet sixteen. Of course the girls wanted to attend. As we sat in our booth watching the party unfold around us, it brought back giggles & belly laughs as we recalled another birthday party crash from days gone by....
It was about two years ago. Geoff took the girls on one of their Daddy Days Out for an afternoon of play at The Magic Castle. A popular birthday destination for young ones, it's common to get mixed up with party-goes on weekend trips to the MC. On this particular trip, Abby was feeling especially celebratory and doing as Abby does, she quickly made friends. Having lost track of his oldest daughter, Geoff scanned the giant play land only to find her smack in the middle of a birthday party photo op. The crowd of picture-takers had no problem with the stand-out snuggling up with her arm around her new BFF and, in fact, insisted it was fine that she be in the picture.
I'm sorry I don't have a copy of that photograph, although the story itself is probably just as good without it. And yet I wonder.... somewhere, in some Indian family's collection of pictures is a birthday party picture of their daughter and all of her friends. And Abby, the token white kid. I can just imagine the look on her face. I'm sure she had no idea.
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- I'm a teacher by trade, writer at heart & mom in every sense of my being. I never considered writing as a profession, but after I got married and began moving around the country, I began sharing my adventures, misadventures & updates through a sort of e-mail newsletter. I found a true passion in unconventional story-telling that has followed me into motherhood.