I’ve been spending a lot of time planning Kender’s fourth birthday party for her and her friends. We sent invitations to all of her classmates by way of the school cubby system, and asked people to RSVP and everything.
How many of the parents of the 8 kids in my daughters class have gotten back to me? Two. Thankfully, we had the foresight to invite a couple of friends from her old playgroup too, so right now we’re looking at a total of 4 kids, which isn’t bad for a 4th birthday party. (I’m planning on 7 or 8 kids actually showing up, though, to be on the safe side).
Which leads me to the point of my posting today. Jokingly, yesterday, I posted a status on Facebook saying there should be a way to search for parents by looking up the kids names. In thinking about it, though, it makes me sad to realize that I only know the first names of two of the mothers of kids in my daughters preschool class.
Why do I only know these two women’s names? Have I been too shy to ask the others for their names? Well, yes, that’s part of it. But communication is a two way street. They’ve never asked me for mine either. The moms are all collectively known as “The Moms” or individually as “Kyle’s Mom,” “Gabriel’s Mom,” and so on.
So I was thinking to myself that I would look up some of them on Facebook, to see if I could find out if their kid was coming to the party. And then it occurred to me that there is no way for me to search for someone who’s name I don’t know!
I don’t actually think that Facebook should allow the ability to search by a kids name, so lets get that out of the way. I actually think that’s a terrible idea. But it leads me to think that I need to make a closer bond with some of these ladies. I’ll be seeing them for the next couple of years…. well, at least the next year and a half.
I guess my goal for the rest of this week is to meet one more mom who’s name I didn’t know before. Maybe Kender will end up with a few more kids at her party if I do!