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TeaHappy Monkey's Day: 05/11/07

Today was the Mother's Day tea at Sean's preschool. Last year I missed the tea because I didn't see the invitation because Ian was mostly taking Sean to school. This year Sithy made sure to invite me in person and I was glad for the extra reminder!

So Sean who was in a silly mood at the party, decided to call it "Monkey's Day" instead of "Mother's Day" and would follow it up with lots of monkey noises. Ooo ooo ooo, and so on. It was actually very funny.

On the lower playground, the teachers had set up a few tables with chairs and a larger table with the food and rinks. The idea was to have the mothers sit at the tables and the children then serve the mothers. Unfortunately kids at this age are very territorial. They took one look at their usual lunch tables and immediately sat down, leaving the mothers to either stand or some mothers picked up their kids, sat down and placed the kids on their laps. I opted to stand until later when Sean went to play.

Then there was the service bit. Not a single child managed to bring a plate of goodies to a mother. The typical "service" included a paper plate, two crackers and one corn chip. So the teachers gave up on the grand plan and brought the food over to the tables and then brought the tea pots too. The tea was very good; it was an apple clove mixture.

After the tea, the kids had a piñata. As Adhila is completely enamored with Disney princesses, the piñata was decorated with the face of Cinderella. Most of the kids didn't notice or just know that's what Adhila likes and therefore assumed it was completely normal for the situation. One little girl though, who is also completely enamored with Disney princesses, burst into tears because everyone was beating up Cinderella with a big stick! I felt sorry for her. She has a point. Why is it fun to beat an effigy of Cinderella with a stick? Her mother ended up taking her home early from the party because she was so distraught.

In the end though, I got caught up in the spirit of the party and when all the kids had gotten a chance to hit the piñata, the mothers were given a go. I took my three whacks but it was another mother who finally got the piñata to open. The prizes inside while mostly candy also included some small toys too. Sean got a heart shaped figuring and a handheld tennis game. He went for those two toys rather than loading up his bag with candy. That's my boy!


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