Once I got over the shock that this was a children's birthday party and not a scene from a zombie movie, and realised that the loud banging near me was balloons being stepped on, and not a gun, the three of us took our seats to watch the entertainment in the form of a juggler.
Burton wasn't interested in watching the acrobatics being performed, preferring instead to play with some surviving balloons and the slide and trampoline that was at the back of the hall. Bless him, I thought as I watched him innocently amuse himself and call and wave to me every now and then. I was quite glad he was out of the way of the more vivacious guests I have to be honest.
After the juggler had played with his balls *ahem* and spinned his plates all hell broke loose again, and suddenly a mass of children surrounded my little man. The party was actually a joint one for a three and four year old and the guests ages ranged from 18 months up to about 10 years - the majority being around 3-5 years old I guess. It amazed me what a difference a year makes as I watched Burton play compared to the older children. They seemed so rough and almost aggressive in their in comparison to my boy.
At times he just stood back and watched them running riot around him. One boy, who I would say was a year or two older than him, kept pushing my son out of the way and while Burton took it in his stride, I felt a wave of motherly protection sweep over me.
How dare that boy be rough with my child!!
I just wanted to tell the older boy off, but of course with his parents probably being close by, I didn't.
It just made me realise, I guess, what I have to come in the future with my two boys - all that boisterous behaviour and rough and tumble playfulness. I mean it's all new to me. I was a girl and I didn't intentionally do rough or messy play. I was bossy and liked to tell other children what to do, apparently, but boyish mannerisms are alien to me really. I just could not believe how different a two year old (like my son) acts compared to a three year old - they are so much more aggressive and ....well scary really!
I can honestly say that this birthday party was, at times, complete carnage and a real eye opener.
Do you know what? I think I preferred it when my eyes were shut because now I have been given an insight into what is to come with my two boys!
*quietly screams inside*
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