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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Putting the ‘Pooper’ in Party

With all the parties going on in both my country and my sister country to the south this past weekend, it’s put me into a party mood. Oh, not having one. Just telling a story about one...
Jerry. With Mom.
Oh . . . and me.
Jerry is my big brother.
He’s cool
He’s neat.
And he never could be considered a ‘party animal’.
An explanation is in order . . .
One of the best times to host a party is on New Year’s Eve.
Everyone is excited.
Everyone is happy.
And , more importantly, everyone wants to party.
Jerry decided to host his first, ever, New Year’s Eve celebration.
Invitations were extended.
Preparations were made.
And Mom cleaned the house for two days straight.
They were ready . . .
The party started out well.
Forty or so kids, all intent of having a great time.
There was a group in the ping-pong room.
Cheering or competing.
Another group around the pool table.
Ditto.
There were kids dancing in the front room.
Kids playing games wherever there was a space.
Kids circling the snacks table.
And kids visiting with my Mom in the kitchen.
The house was full and the party was, for lack of a better term, ‘hitting on all cylinders’.
The time came for the big build-up to the New Year.
Noisemakers were handed out. Because forty-plus people couldn’t make enough noise on their own.
The countdown.
The cheer.
Or rather, din.
And the New Year was official.
Everybody completed the ritual hugging and kissing.
And went back to what they had been doing.
Well, almost everyone.
Several young ladies were looking for someone specific to ‘congratulate’.
My brother, Jerry.
They searched throughout the house. Staked out the bathrooms until the current occupant emerged. And finally enlisted the help of my Mom.
She did a circuit of the obvious places. Then decided to see if Jerry was, for some reason, in his room.
She knocked.
No answer.
She cracked the door and peeked into the darkened room. Reached in and flipped the light switch.
A sleepy head lifted from the pillow.
“Whazzup?”
He had visited and played games.
He had congratulated and cheered.
He had gotten tired.
He had gone to bed.
Never mind that he was leaving his guests to wind down and find their own way to the door.
Nope.
Bed was the place for him.
My brother, Jerry.
Party host extraordinaire.
“Hope you had a good time! Don’t forget to shut off the lights when you leave!”

12 comments:

  1. I guess when you're done, you're done.

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  2. We were supposed to have our first (& only) post pandemic 4th of July party with a lot of his coworkers coming for the first time ever (we're not party people) until hubby got Covid. It's funny because when I printed out the flyers for him to distribute he made me put that party ended at 10 pm. He knew when he would be ready for bed and was making sure he could get there!

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  3. I hate to say it, but there are times I feel tired like that at the end of a party I'm hosting. Never tried the disappearing act, but Jerry has given me an idea... Laurie

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  4. This is how my daughter always was! Party or just a guest, she would fall asleep before the fun was over. Every.damn.time There were some awkward evenings when her guest or guests were on their own.

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  5. I have often wanted to do the same when we have people over....

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  6. Fortunately for me, my spouse is as much of a party animal as I am-meaning we rarely hold parties. Because, I could see myself doing that, too.

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  7. Yep. My idea of a party is an evening with Husby, me and a couple of good novels!

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