Sunday, August 28, 2011

Our Uninvited Birthday Guest

So this weekend, we thought we’d be enjoying a double birthday celebration. My son’s 5th birthday party was scheduled for Saturday (his birthday is Tuesday) and my daughter’s 11th birthday party was scheduled for Sunday (her birthday is Monday). Everything was planned, purchased, and ready to go... until an uninvited guest decided to crash the parties... yes I’m talking about Irene.

All week long, we were glued to the weather forecasts – was she coming – when would she be coming – would it be a direct hit – would we still have our parties? Irene was doing all kinds of funky moves: moving east, moving west, curving around, getting strong, getting weak. The bottom line was no one really knew when our unwanted guest would arrive. As the weekend got closer, we knew we had to make a decision. We decided to carry on with my son’s early afternoon party on Saturday and cancel my daughter’s Sunday party. Have you ever told a 10-year-old girl her birthday party was cancelled? It was not a pretty sight – but I must say, she handled it like a trooper and we rescheduled it for two weeks from now.

Luckily our uninvited guest did not show up to our Saturday party, and we pulled it off without a hitch (well except for the fact that I had sixteen sugared up kids running around my house for two hours!) But everyone had fun!

But then... there was a knock at the door. Irene had arrived and she was not happy. She brought with her torrential rains, tornado warnings, and howling winds. She stayed all night, keeping us awake, trying to steal our electricity and trees. But we showed her! We offered her a game of monopoly, a campout with our sleeping bags and flashlights, extra food, and water (not to mention several extra carafes of coffee.) We had our batteries stocked, our gas tanks filled, and our cell phones charged. Irene would not ruin our weekend! Finally in the wee morning hours, Irene got the message and left – leaving only some wind gusts behind. She did not even so much as say Happy Birthday to my children.

There is nothing worse than a rude guest. I hope Irene has learned her lesson!

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