My birthday is 2 weeks before christmas. I never thought to celebate a half birthday though. My parents never forgot my birthday growing up and always did something for me and got me a present despite it being near Christmas. The reason for this was my mom was a January baby and growing up her parents told her that since she had just gotten a bunch for Christmas she did not need anything on her birthday. My mom said she was not going to do that to her kids even if we had a birthday near a holiday.
Our anniversary is Feb 23rd and my husband combines a valentine's gift with an anniversary gift. Which kind of sucks. I get one present and one date night for both.
I never got the kids being allowed to pick and choose who they could give valentine's to or karen being able to hurt kids by giving out birthday invitations to only some right at school. We had a 'give a card to everyone' rule on valentine's day. A lot of kids would give something special to just friends like a fancier card or a small present but we all had to at least give everyone a generic card.
I just read and have been trying to think of ways Karen's 1/2 birthday could have worked better. I did think the idea was great and Karen sure put a lot of energy into the party. I did feel badly for both Karen and her classmates that the party didn't go over better. Since it was so close to Halloween, maybe the party could have had 1/2 a Halloween theme. Each of the guests could have worn something from their costumes. Maybe 1/2 the guests could have done one activity or game outside and while the other half inside and then switched. For food they could have made muffin pizzas with different toppings on each half and of course a cake with two different flavors. Now I want to have a half birthday party. My 1/2 birthday is in November so maybe the other half could be autumn/Thanksgiving related.
The other unrelated to the party thought I had was it would have been cool had David Michael not necessarily agreed to be the back half of Karen's dinosaur costume but if he had gone trick or treating in the little house neighborhood. That led me to smile and wonder why Karen never thought of trick or treating for maybe 1/2 an hour in each of her two neighborhoods. I remember Andrew (in a different book) had the great idea that he and Karen could trick or treat at both houses. I also thought Nancy's red riding hood costume idea was so clever with her basket being able to hold goodies. Cute story. P.S. Who are the two kids on the cover with Karen? Maybe Jannie and Ian? I looked at the class picture in a KIMCC book.
Like I said I think her friends would probably have been nicer about it if she'd invited everyone and then played the half games. I think they would have been more willing to go along with it. But I also think that half the kids doing one thing and half another and then switching would be more fun for the guests than half of the guests not even getting to play any given game.
"If you wore them, they would be goofy pom-pom socks. When I wear them, they will be stylish and fashionable pom-pom socks." -Pamela Harding
Post by LadyDruscilla on Jan 18, 2019 9:09:40 GMT -5
All those people who were teasing Karen at the beginning needed to be smacked. Loved how she wrote the letter afterwards. Kind of hard for me to speak my mind, even now, though I must admit it is easier for me to do it in writing than in person. It WAS kind of mean that she didn't want to invite half the class but looking at it from a neutral angle Pamela was hypocritical to be upset since she only wanted to invite Jannie and Leslie to HER birthday party. And now neither of them wanted to be Natalie's partner in #47. Wish there was one where Karen turned 8.