Monday, February 9, 2009

The Birthday Party

On Sunday I took my 5 year old to one of his classmate's birthday parties. I don't know most of the other parents so I really don't enjoy these birthday. But my 5 year was excited, so we went.

The birthday girl cried and didn't want to participate. I felt bad for her and for her parents.

I sat down and eavesdropped on the conversation of 2 moms sitting next to me. One mom asked the other why she choose the Japanese preschool for her daughter since neither her nor her husband are Japanese. She said that she likes the respect the Japanese teach. The idea that you take your shoes off when entering the school. The bowing to the teachers and things like that. She went on to say how respectful her daughter is. That she teaches respect and obedience at home. That is part of her own upbringing and culture. She went on about how well behaved her daughter is etc...

I was tempted to ask her to take her own feet off the table. And then to let her know that her daughter was ignoring the gym instructors and wouldn't finish her turn on the jumpy thing as she was asked to.

But I didn't.

I can't wait for the next birthday party.

7 comments:

imbeingheldhostage said...

Because Blogger hates me, I am going to comment on three posts here... hope that's ok, it's just that I've learned that if a comment box actually loads for me I need to jump on it!

I love your wit!

Because of your paint fiasco, I am boycotting Home Depot (very easy for me since I'm in the UK) and I'm seriously considering getting my own microwave lighting since thoughts of popcorn is so much better than thoughts of wrinkles-- which is all my current lighting does for me!

Michelle said...

I love denial. And I love being able to be snarky about denial :) Earth to parents. Come in, parents!

Mama Zen said...

I bet her daughter eats all of her vegetables and puts herself to bed at 7 pm, too!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Oh, that's so funny! I hate going to preschool parties with my son so I usually make my husband take him. :)

girlytwins said...

That is hilarious! haha parents can be so oblivious.

Elizabeth said...

I love the idea that she sent her daughter to this Japanese school and then still behaved badly herself! As if respectfulness doesn't come FROM the parents in the first place!
I liked your response. Pax.

bernthis said...

see and I love the parties. If someone wants to pay to enterain my kid for 2 plus hours, go right ahead.