Posted by Tom French |

Party On

We had a surprise party for youth group last night. It was a surprise party for the Aunty of some of the people in the group who no one else knew. It wasn't her birthday and there was no reason to throw her a party, we just did. It was a wonderfully absurd event.

We all got together and decorated the chruch centre, putting up streamers and balloons, making festive. Beck told us all that it wasn't just going to be the Aunty but her husband and kids. That worried me a little bit, especailly as I got the wrong impression that the kids were aged 1, 2 and 3. We had a few false alarms, I spent a few minutes squished into my hiding place in the dark, wondering if I had just planned the most stupid of youth group events. What if we scared the kids? Or the people don't like surprise parties from a bunch of stangers? Or what if it just flops and no one gets it?

But when they finally did arrive it all happened quite happily. It was a little odd saying "Surprise!" and then everyone having to go and introduce themselves. The family wandered in and we met them all. The kids were 7 and 11, not 1, 2 and 3. They were friendly, and not at all upset that we threw them a party. We all played "Draw the Tail on the Donkey" and "Musical Statues". It was all good fun, even if it was a rather odd thing to do. I'd do it again in a few years. Maybe.

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