Party Politics and Boiled Sprats


The grandkids’ birthdays seem to last
For several weeks on end;
With parties they will have a blast —
Two, schools; one, family’s;
Two, Spur (on anniversaries);
One big one all the friends to please;
Which send one round the bend!

The preparation which goes into all of this boggles the mind, as well as the political machinations regarding who and who not to invite, and to which party.  Then comes arranging, preparation, and transportation of food, decorations etc. and setting-up. Then there is the time spent on the present-handing-out and appreciation sessions. Finally the careful tally of whom to thank for what.

Many of the presents boggle the mind. J got one a bit advanced for her: an underwater camera which can also be bicycle- or helmet-mounted. I’m sure she’ll come to appreciate it soon.  Apart from her new bicycle R  got a smart watch which seems to do everything but make tea, and grasped its complexities in two seconds flat. It is a pedometer, a computer with access to internet, a phone, and a movie and stills camera. Oh yes, it also tells the time and acts as a stopwatch!

They really are utterly spoiled brats … no, to be fair, they aren’t really brats at all. Only now and again.

© May 2017 Colonialist
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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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9 Responses to Party Politics and Boiled Sprats

  1. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    …and we used to get those awful jellies made in hollowed out orange peels!

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  2. …..and did the Rev .Mr Spooner deliver a lecture?

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  3. What a lovely table for the party. Open air and nice grounds – perfect for kids. Sorting the guest list is very complicated even at this age. Looks like a good bunch of friends
    So glad she’s being taught to thank you for gifts – seems manners are out of style for far too many. A life skill there.
    All your girls look like a joy to know.
    Happy Birthday to them!

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    • colonialist says:

      The venue for the kids’ party has proved ideal over the past couple of years — and we have tried several less successful.
      Mom does most of the thank-yous, but the kids are at least taught by example!
      Thanks for the birthday wishes.

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  4. A lovely array of presents, indeed and a very nice birthday spread. Happy birthday to your two “only now and again” brats. 😀

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