If you’ve ever hosted a 6-year-old’s birthday party, you know very well the magnitude of the challenge I faced today. I wish I could bottle the energy of those kids and drink it every morning for breakfast.

Last year, Big C’s party epitomized chaos. Twenty-two 5-year-olds at Chuck E. Cheese’s, plus some siblings. I must be a masochist right? But how could I resist my little boy’s pleas to go to this magical land of rampant germs and runny pizza? After all, it was his first real birthday in the states. He was 15 months old when we moved to Japan, and 4 years old when we left. He didn’t even know such a wondrous place as Chuck E. Cheese’s existed. Until he saw American commercials.

This year we toned it down (at least quantitatively) with only 4 boys plus 4 siblings. However, I should have expected this party to be even more exhausting than last year’s considering the location. I can now attest that Chuck E. Cheese’s seems like a 2-hour full-body massage compared to a Laser Tag Party.

But as exhausted as the adults were when we left with our arms filled with presents and leftover cake, we were happy to know that we had accomplished the most important ambitions of a 6-year-old’s birthday party.  No fights.  No tears.  No vomit.  Maybe some laser deaths, but no lost children in the dark, foggy labyrinth.  Even the younger siblings who didn’t participate, including Little C, were more than content to pretend they were playing the video games in the main lobby without feeling left out.  And of course the primary goal: the kids all had a blast!

What more appropriate theme for a laser tag party than camouflage? 
(Gee, can you tell we’re a military family?) 

4 Comments on Operation: Birthday Celebration

  1. I have yet to take the boys to play laser tag. I am afraid that I might enjoy it more than them.

    What a great idea for a party. Unfortunately, we have to drive two hours away to get our thrill.

    So glad to have you be a part of our Aspiring Writer's Group over at MBC. I look forward to more stories!

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