Five Year Old Birthday Party Disappointment

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As we wrote about a few weeks back, Son #3 just had his five year old birthday party. While he was pushing for a Transformers birthday party, we ended up doing a firefighter theme. Truth be told, he only wanted the Transformers theme because he thought that would guarantee that he’s get Transformers as gifts. Anyway, my lovely and talented wife did a wonderful job of putting together custom decorations and throwing a fantastic party. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out quite as we had planned.

As she noted previously, my wife also arranged to have the local fire department show up with sirens blaring (they offer to do this in return for a charitable donation). The problem here was that they never showed up! The party was on a Sunday, so the front office was closed. Thus, our only two options were to: (1) wait patiently for them to arrive, and (2) call 911 and ask for the fire department. Since option #2 wasn’t going to happen, we went with option #1. Much to our chagrin, it just never happened.

Oh well, we figured that they must have gone out on a call, and we were just thankful that we weren’t on the business end of a firefighter visit. But here’s the kicker… When my wife finally heard back from the station secretary, she learned that the party visit was listed in the log, and the Captain simply forgot to check it. Ugh. Talk about disappointing!

The silver lining here was that our son was so focused on opening his gifts and (hopefully) getting his hands on some new Transformers that he hardly even cared. And this story did actually have a happy ending, at least from his perspective — he ended up getting multiple Transformers, including the one that he wanted the most… Supreme Class Cyberton Primus!

Published on February 7th, 2007 - 8 Comments
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  1. Great post. I started reading with trepidation . . .I thought it was going to be sad.

    BTW, my nephew is 23 and has all of his transformers. In fact, he is STILL asking for them as gifts. When he was a little kid, we would laugh because none of us could figure them out and he would just grab them and zip zap have a new creature! It was amazing. He’s very mechanical. So make sure you hold on to all of them because they are collectors’ items!

    Thanks for including your post in the Carnival of Family Life! We got a lot of GREAT submissions, so come on over later today and read the others!

    Comment by JHS — Feb 11th 2007 @ 3:55 pm
  2. Great idea on saving the Transformers. The trouble is, with four boy running around the house, we don’t have space to save everyone we (and they) want.

    Comment by dad — Feb 11th 2007 @ 7:22 pm
  3. I’m visiting from the Carnival of Family Life!

    One thing I’m trying to learn as a parent – and as a person, for that matter – is that when things don’t go as I had planned, the other people involved usually don’t know what expectations I had for myself and everything is good! Your experience is a good example of that!

    Happy Birthday to Son #3!

    Comment by alisonwonderland — Feb 12th 2007 @ 2:41 am
  4. CoFL Visitor

    That’s such a shame, we just had a first birthday party and I felt a lot of pressure (admittedly put on me by myself) to get things just right.

    Comment by Erica — Feb 12th 2007 @ 8:21 am
  5. Poor guy, I am glad he still had a good time though!

    One day our kids will realize all of the hard work we put into these things… but probably not until they are parents themselves 😀 Here from the CFL.:O)

    Comment by Mary (Mert) — Feb 12th 2007 @ 11:36 am
  6. Awww that’s too bad that they didn’t come. We put so much into the parties and events like this as parents but all the kids really need are friends and our undivided attention and play time. Great job mom and dad!

    Holly’s Corner
    Here via the Carnival of Family Life. ;o)

    Comment by Holly Schwendiman — Feb 12th 2007 @ 12:49 pm
  7. That’s too bad things did work out just as planned. At least the birthday boy was ok with the way things worked out!!

    Here via the carnival of family life.

    Comment by Lisa — Feb 13th 2007 @ 7:00 pm

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