I invited my child's whole class to her birthday party ... but only three people showed up.
Guest blogger Jamie: Saturday was my daughter's eighth birthday. It is school policy to invite every child, so I did so -- weeks ago. Four days before the party, not one kid had RSVP'd. I asked the teacher to make a reminder announcement. Two parents called to say their kid could make it, and four or five said their kids were a "maybe." Meanwhile, I had rented out two big tables at the local ice-skating rink weeks ago, and had pre-ordered tons of food and two sheet cakes. I was seriously wanting to cancel the party at this point, but I couldn't do that to my daughter. I figured if everyone showed up (including the "maybes"), there would be seven kids there. That would be okay, I told myself.
The day of the party arrived and we showed up to the rink. Fifteen minutes after the party was supposed to start, the first guest arrived. Those were the longest fifteen minutes of my life, watching my daughter become more and more nervous and I prayed that someone ... anyone would show up. The second straggled in ten minutes later. Twenty minutes after that, the third and last child arrived.
My daughter did manage to have a good time with the few kids who showed up, but it was beyond uncomfortable for the other parents there. Obviously, they felt sorry for us. And I don't blame them -- I felt sorry for us, too, especially my daughter. No, she is not the most popular person in class ... but is this any way to treat a child?
To the parents who didn't bother to show up or even RSVP "no" to my invitation, I have a message: Thanks a lot for ruining my kid's birthday. I hope you never have to go through this, because it hurts like hell.