I hate birthday parties.
It came to me recently when I was with my daughter at one of her friends’ parties. The kids were being entertained by a party specialist at a standard venue while some of the parents were sipping mimosas because it was a Saturday morning and we wanted to be somewhere else, ANYWHERE else but here. But the party girl’s mother was creating 20 Pinterest-worthy party platters featuring a paint palette festooned with sprinkles to set off the cupcakes and act as party favors.
She was stressed to the max, and I felt for her. I wanted to scream, “How much pampering do these kids need?”
Hal Hutchison, M.Ed.
Hal Wofford Hutchison, M.Ed., is a former columnist, writer and editor for the Arkansas Democrat and the Arkansas Gazette newspapers. She has also been a secondary educator, and a university counselor and administrator. She lives in Little Rock, Ark., with her husband of 23 years and their daughter.