Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: I'd planned to write about what not to do when attending a party, but, exhausted at midnight after our big end-of-the-summer, combined kids' birthday party, I find myself not focusing on those few incidents. I am, instead, unbelievably and overwhelmingly filled with gratitude towards my friends and family. So instead of writing about the few things that might not have gone as planned, I just want to say thank you.
Thank you to the families who RSVP'd. Thank you to all the people who made it to the party without calling and asking for directions while I was frantically getting ready. Thank you to the parents who stayed to help supervise. Thank you to the lifeguard for being on the ball and pulling a little girl out of the pool. Thank you to our neighbors who brought extra plates from next door when we ran out. Thank you to our good friends who picked up the cake for us AND stayed to help clean up. Thank you to the moms who just started cutting and serving that cake without being asked. Thank you to the dads who took out the trash (also without being asked). Thank you to all the guests who donated to a charity in my kids' honor instead of bringing them a gift. Thank you to all the kids who were so sweet and well-mannered. Thank you to my husband, who helps me with this big party every year when he'd probably rather just go away for the weekend. And most of all, thank you to my kids, who forgo presents for their birthdays
so they can give to others instead -- and who each year are more and more helpful and appreciative.
I'm lucky to have all of you. See you next year!