M’s birthday party this past weekend was a great success. Evidently the optimum pizza:teenager ratio is 1:1, because the kids went through 5 small pizzas, and were still hungry enough to take a few bites out of their styrofoam cups. They decided to watch a fairly short Wallace and Gromit video, and after that, the only girl present suggested they go play “Manhunt” out in the yard. E and I managed to contain our giggles. Manhunt is evidently hide-and-go-seek in the dark, with lots of yelling and running. I keep thinking there will be some age at which M’s birthday party does not include a good half hour of kids running around screaming in the yard, but we haven’t hit that point yet! At least they no longer need direct parental supervision while they’re doing it.
They came inside eventually and we fed them cake. The girl asked, “Can we do this as a no-hands dessert and eat with our faces?” Um, that would be a no. The kids then spent the rest of the party watching some videos that they had been filming over the summer. M and his friend have been working on one series, and two other kids have been focusing on another, but there’s been just enough overlap of them helping each other that they all felt invested in both sets. It was the first time I’d seen any of the results. I can’t say I was terribly impressed by the acting or plotlines (or even able to follow most of the plotlines), but at least the videos were pretty benign. Which is good, since a fair portion of them are already up on YouTube. We’re going to have to talk with M about that at some point.
So a good time was had by all. Then the excess kids left, the house returned to quiet, and the cat fell asleep in an exhausted heap on E’s lap.
And so far, in his first few days as a teenager, M has done enough more growing that this morning his feet were hanging over the end of his bed.