In our co-op there are a number of boys who are turning eight this winter, Boy among them. Having a boy’s birthday in winter in a temperate zone is always a bit of a quandary. They want to celebrate with their friends; it’s hard to have a bunch of boys inside; the weather can’t be counted on for an outside party; having a party in a large indoor venue is expensive and often not that fun (limited time and freedom). But today was the first of the birthday parties, and it was great. Two of the boys celebrated together, at the home of one of the families. Their home is relatively open and spacious, with a fenced yard on the water, and a big live oak tree. The boys mostly played outside with Nerf swords and bows and guns. Maximal fun with minimal risk of injury. A big sister led them on a scavenger hunt. One boy repeatedly climbed pretty high up the tree. Boy’s been a little lonely for the last month or so, and I could tell he had a lot of fun.
In fact, arranging to have Boy spend more time with friends is one of my goals for this ‘semester’ (January-May). Math, woodworking, violin, time with friends. That’s what we’ll be trying to do.
Next, of course, I have to plan Boy’s birthday. More on that soon!