Yesterday I hosted my daughter’s 6th birthday party. We opened our home (which was clean & clutter free) to 15 kids and a handful of parents for a few hours. It was a simple celebration with lots of food, fun, laughing, & sunshine. Since I kept it simple, I wasn’t stressed or overwhelmed like so many times before. This year, I have fully embraced my simple living with the kinds of celebrations we have.
I asked my daughter about her party and with a huge smile, she told me how much fun she had with all her friends. She felt special, that the day was hers. All my goals were accomplished. Yay me! But during the party, a few kids & parents got me wondering a few things. Why do people have to nit pick other people, their homes, & what they do for their children apart? Why do children have the expectation of these expensive, grand, over the top parties? Why do parents discourage simple?
Out of the goodness of my heart and in honor of my daughter I opened up our home to a few friends and a lot of strangers. What did I get in return? A mother who keep eyeballing everywhere she went, as if taking mental note of what’s not up to par in her eyes or a child complaining there wasn’t any candy & or another child complaining that the cups we had didn’t match and she wouldn’t use them or a few parents who kept pointing to different areas of my house and whispering together as if to take note of things I needed to fix.
Now don’t get me wrong, nothing ruined the day for me or my daughter. I didn’t let it bother me because I didn’t over analyze it. I just brushed it off and continued on with the party. If they chose act like this, then so be it. The rest of us, enjoyed my “Fun In The Sun W/ Minions” party. In all actuality, I felt bad for these people & their children because of their expectations, they are missing out on the beauty of simple. I think somewhere along the way they forgot, it’s the simple things that we cherish and hold close to our hearts, not the party favors or how the cups didn’t match. The smiles, joys, & laughter from a life well lived, is what we carry with us, each and every day.
~Don’t miss the beauty of simple~