Monday, September 22, 2014

Party schedule

We were delighted that a boy in Silas's class had a birthday party last weekend, giving us a chance to socialize with the other parents.  We had already met a few during drop-off and pick-up at the school.  By contrast, it has been harder to get to know the families of Maeve's classmates, since the third-graders are more independent and the families don't hang around the kids as much.  Also, those families have been together for six years, since the kids were 3 years old.

Suppose that you were throwing a birthday party for a 5-year-old.  When would you make it end?  7pm?  7:30pm?  8pm?  That's when Silas couldn't take it any more, but when Maeve and I left at 8:30 we were among the first to leave and other families were still enjoying it.  The party had started at 5:30.

The previous night I had been at a conference in Cádiz, and I left the banquet at 1am when it was still going strong, with the entertainment having started after midnight.

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