There and Back Again: Hobbit Birthday Party Review and Reckoning

April 29th, 2013

At some point in the eleventh-hour preparations for the hobbit birthday party, I had the obligatory moment of reckoning. Why am I doing this, I thought. I have a workshop to prepare, chapters to write, bills to pay, a life to live. Why have I spent three nights stringing bunting?

But I knew why. My “baby” was turning nine. The years of Pin the Tail and pinatas are almost behind us. My career as social director of this cruise will come to end in fewer years than I have been a mother. Years that have passed in a moment.

When my firstborn was still an infant, his godmother told me that parenting makes impossible demands, but for such a brief burst of time that it becomes possible, like an adrenaline-charged surge of strength under pressure. I know now how wise and true those words were.

Our children’s childhood is an occasion to rise to.

Thanks for helping me rise to this occasion by keeping me company in the hobbit birthday party preparations this week. If you are just arriving, the other posts are listed below. Feel free to Pin, share and borrow.

Here are some highlights of a wonderful day:

Doughnuts for first breakfast.

Our special guest, “George,” the troll pinata.

The Lonely Mountain

Weapons checked at the door.

Gathering activity: dragon hand tattoos.

Riddle Contest, with big brother acting as MC.

Pin the Tail on the Dragon.

Dwarves and Goblins Tag was everybody’s favorite.

Second breakfast.

Presents!

So long, George. It’s been good to know you.

Somewhere in Tolkien’s annotations to the Hobbit, it explains the ice cream truck.

Third breakfast.

Magic Eagles to take everyone home.

Our cozy hobbit hole seemed so quiet after the dwarves left. Blissfully so.

 

 

 

4 Responses to “There and Back Again: Hobbit Birthday Party Review and Reckoning”

  1. marilee pittman says:

    You can always have a promising career as a party planner…

  2. Tamara says:

    it looked fantastic Kyran, and fun, and the smiles I saw in those pictures – certainly made it all worthwhile! What a beautiful memory for your son, and his guest 🙂

  3. Betsy says:

    Lovely! So simply lovely! Maybe lovely isn’t what you say in a house of boys, but I really mean it in wonderful way.

  4. Kate says:

    Absolutely love this…parenting makes impossible demands, but for such a brief burst of time that it becomes possible, like an adrenaline-charged surge of strength under pressure.
    So very true. What a wonderful party for your “baby.” Great job Mama!

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