Bouncy castles

September 12, 2005 at 9:50 am 1 comment

I went to a birthdy party for a 4 year old on Saturday afternoon, and it reminded me of something I like a lot about being home – kids and adults mix here.

In England, parties were either for children or for adults. If it was a grown-up party, then people would find babysitters. Here, people bring their children. The children will all chill together, and not cause trouble and the whole family gets to go out. And if it’s a kids party, then all the adults come too and stay.

But it is obvious who are the ‘aunties and uncles’ with no children of their own. We are the ones who spend the afternoon on the bouncy castle or in the pool, being the entertainment. Those who have their own kids are the ones who are sitting on the side, with a nice cold red stripe beer in their hand.

So the result was that I went to bed on Saturday night feeling like I was still bouncing, and woke up on Sunday morning with some new bruises.

However, I think that those parties are very important for anyone who hasn’t had kids yet. They allow you to play with the children (which your biological clock says you should want to do) but to realise, once again, that the joy of going home to a quiet house, and sleeping in on Sunday, far outweighs the joy that a child might bring at the moment!


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  • 1. Gela's Words  |  September 16, 2006 at 7:11 am

    Yep, that’s exactly how it is here. I along with my friends look forward to my 6 yo Godson’s party every year, it’s the one time we get to meet up everyone else cuz sometimes we’re just too busy. A kiddies party is just an excuse for us adults to get together.


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