"Childrens' Birthday Party: Surprise"

Exercise #20: "Children's Birthday: Surprise"
Make a list of all the things you would associate with a children's birthday party. Try to get in smells, tastes, textures, sounds, colors, and - of course - silly games and toys.
  • cake
  • plastic cups, silverware
  • paper plates, banners, wrapping
  • chocolate
  • candy
  • depending on the age of the kid, and the insanity of the parents, poopy diapers
  • crying children
  • laughing children
  • ripping paper
  • plastic cups falling on the floor
  • kids shoving their face with anything that's edible (sometimes even non edible)
  • birthday hats
  • birthday kazoos... what do they call those? the ones that make the whistle noise
  • pin the tail on the donkey
  • duck duck goose
  • tag
  • German spotlight
  • freshly cut grass
  • petting zoo
  • animals
  • manure
  • clowns (hence the crying children)
  • clapping
  • chips and dip
That's all I can think of, at any rate.

You know, I didn't really have all that many birthday parties growing up. Or... Maybe I just can't remember them. I don't know. To be completely honest, celebrating my own birthday has never been important to me. I absolutely adore celebrating other people's birthdays, but when it comes to my own, I'm fine to move through the day as if it were just a normal one. Of course, it's always nice for someone to remember and acknowledge that, yes, I was born on this day, but, to use the cliche, age is just a number. 1 more year on this earth. I guess as a little girl birthdays were more important, but that was only because my time on earth was so much shorter in comparison to now. For example, when I was 5, 1 year was 1/5 of my entire life. Now 1 year is 1/22, and that fraction is only going to get smaller as time passes. It just doesn't hold as much gravity as it used.

That's all for now.

Peace and see you tomorrow.


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