P.'s birthday was yesterday .. no, make that day before yesterday. It's past midnight now, making it officially Tuesday here. ;)
We had it at the Calgary Science Centre (note the Canadian spelling!) and it was a blast. Cake and pizza and presents and a movie and big huge bugs (tarantulas, scorpions and millipedes!) and physics demonstrations and dozens of interactive stations ..! Much fun was had by all, though the number of "all" was a bit smaller than I'd figured on. When I book it some 5-6 weeks ago I forgot the check the calendar and so failed to realize it was Easter weekend. Several of P.'s friend's were out of town, but those who were able to show up had a lot of fun and most importantly P. had a blast to start off his 10th year of life.
A number of parents at P's school, upon receiving the invite, said things like, "You're a brave man." In my experience that's often translated to, "Holy crap, there's no way I'd do that. Way too much [negative by-product]. You are a crazy person." I suppose the braveness was related to having invited a whole gaggle of 8 and 9 year olds for six hours of science center celebrations where I'd be the responsible adult. I dunno ... I love getting to "be a kid" again one in a while like that and the kids generally take care of themselves in a place like the science center. I ran around with them, threw balls with them, tried the various activities with them, participated in the live demos (where I got to showcase my expertise in "blowing a ping pong ball with my mouth out of one glass and into another one placed ten centimeters away"; seriously, I never thought I'd actually have a chance to show that one off. In fact, I had written the time spent practicing it all those years ago right off. ;P )
In the end, there was no real bravery involved at all. Just lots and lots and lots of fun, and the joy that watching one young man's face light up with smile after smile brings.
Ok, so I did go to bed a bit early that night. Then again, so did P. Having fun, it turns out, is pretty exhausting no matter your age.