I’m beginning to believe I am my own worst enemy. This past Friday night my daughter held her belated 14th birthday party. She invited 3 girlfriends to “sleep over”, I use that term loosely since there was little to no sleep happening, to help her celebrate.
All the guests arrived by 6 pm. Pizza was ordered. Even a small cheese pizza for her one friend, M., who has chosen the path of vegetarianism (I had meat pizza. What can I say, I’m sucker for real bacon.) The girls laughed, ate, played Truth or Dare and watched movies. After chocolate cake and presents (she got a gift card to EB Games, Squinkies and homemade bath salts – pretty nice loot) the girls played Dance 2 on the Wii.
My son and I were avoiding the overwhelming amounts of teenage estrogen by
hiding camping out in my room and watching cop shows on my laptop. We’re especially fond of NCIS. I heard some kerfuffle in the bathroom and then Rian came into my room and asked for “a bowl to wash their feet” – they were giving each other mani/pedis. I found the basin, gave the girls the nail polish remover and begged them to be careful. They assured me everything would be fine.
When NCIS was over Alexi and I watched The Mentalist then I went back out to check on the girls. My living room looked like Ardene exploded in it. The floor was littered with a myriad of nail polish bottles in a rainbow of colours. There were towels, blankets, hair scrunchies, head bands, socks and moisturizers scattered amidst the pillows, DVD cases and board games. The girls were having a great time. I could tell by the mess.
At 2:30 am I checked on them again. M. had lost the fight to stay awake and was curled up on one end of the sofa in peaceful oblivion. I envied her ability to sleep admid the chaos. The other three girls were still awake watching 13 going on 30 through half-open eyelids. I bid them good night and told them not to wake me before 10 am. (in hindsight I should have noon)
The next day they played games, giggled (it was a giggle-fest) and tidied up. Ok, I’m exaggerating on the tidying up. The main thing was all four girls had a good time and I would let them have another slumber party here without it being a special occasion. Maybe next time I’ll join them. (I really am insane!!)