My oldest daughter turns 14 today. Patricia tells me I am supposed to be blogging about our Africa trip in 6 days but all I can think about is the fact that tonight we are hosting, our first ever, guy-girl party… I don’t know if I am ready for this.
I didn’t expect this birthday to be nearly as overwhelming for me as the big 13 was. Having a child become a teenager definitely makes it clear that you are old now. So, I accepted that a year ago (turning 40 a month before that didn’t help much either).
So tonight I get to BBQ hotdogs and hamburgers for 18 kids: 12 girls and 6 boys. The boys are here from 6 to 9 PM and then we kick them to the curb and the 12 girls take over the house for the rest of the night for a slumber party.
I have to tell you I am fairly overwhelmed at this daunting task. First, the idea of having boys and girls checking each other out under my roof makes my skin crawl. (I used to be an 8th grade boy and I remember how demented I was.) Then, I have 12 giggly girls (plus my own clan) for the rest of the night. 16 females in the house tomorrow night!
So how does one navigate these waters? Do I greet the boys at the door with guns strapped to my belt? Do I rip the eyeballs out of the first one who looks inappropriately at my daughter? Probably not the best strategies for creating a fun and hospitable party environment. I definitely want my children’s friends to find our home a place of love and peace and we have worked hard over the years to make that happen. But this whole ‘boys coming to the party’ thing is a big change for me. I really don’t know if I am ready for it.
The one thing I am sure of, once the boys leave I need to hide in my office or bedroom for the rest of the night. Retreat is the only way to survive 16 females.
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