The day finally arrived, Luke's birthday party. There were nine 10-11 year olds, plus two of my own, so there were eleven kids in total. The parents of the kids all wish me luck and tell me that I am crazy. This is a smaller number in comparison to previous years. But they think I am looney because they are also all staying overnight. I have always had the mindset of the more the merrier.
This year there is a new boy that Luke invited. He is timid and very, very polite. He will be welcome back anytime! As the night progresses, he shares that this is only the second sleepover he has ever gone to. This poor kid's introduction to our family is in middle of the chaos of a trampoline place and then to a sleepover.
I review my expectations for their behavior and treatment of my house.
Some are playing video games, three systems are set up. Others are running around shooting each other with nerf guns or beating each other with pool noodle swords. They are loud and busting with laughter. I don't mind it at all. As midnight draws near, it is time to wind down.
I will say that it is interesting to see boys interact. One of the boys is making sure to validate his friendship with Lucas by asking what his favorite gift was. Another boy tries to say that he ALWAYS sleeps in a specific spot when he comes to Luke's house. They are all just trying to figure out their place. I have known most of these boys since they were in kinder or first grade.
Knowing them for as long as I have is very helpful. I know who to warn about helping themselves to the pantry, who to remind that not every nerf gun needs to be pulled out or how to plan for the one who tends to be more solitary.
They are all really good kids.
They are all very respectful and yet still little boys, silly, loud and rambunctious. I really couldn't ask for better friends for my son. They are all so conscientious about his food allergies; they wash their hands without questions and always look out for him.
They are welcome in my home anytime! But it is nice knowing they will all be picked up by 10 in the morning! ;-)