3.14.2012

Does the Fairy Godmother Get the Last Word?

Cinderella ran home so quickly that she lost her glass shoe.  She knew the consequences.

I did not heed the fairy godmother’s warning and stayed at a party past midnight this past weekend. 

I know.  You all are in shock. 

A 43-year-old mom with two kids under the age of 6, partying like a college kid while a college kid kept those sleeping angels, on a time-change night to boot.

Yeah, that’s right.  I even lost an hour. 


The talk in the kitchen that night was the clock.  You know how everyone gathers in the kitchen.  You could clean your whole house for hours, but everyone wants to stand in the kitchen. 

At 10:30 p.m., many said they usually are at home in bed by that point.  Some even looked at the clock and said, “Well, you know it’s really 11:30 p.m. with the time change and all."

Whoa!  That’s late for middle-aged parents. A few made a graceful exit.  Sitters needed to go out on the town. Kids would be up very early the next day.

We knew this was going to be a late night.  This party was a surprise birthday party that didn’t start until almost 9 p.m.  We were in a time deficit before we even cut the cake and sang “Happy Birthday!”

A few rebellious kids, like my husband and me, ignored the clock and stayed after the clock chimed at midnight.  Some even showed up after midnight.  Those were the really brave night owls.

That fairy godmother is all talk. None of us turned into pumpkins.  I didn’t even lose a shoe. I went home with my prince, too.


I admit, we winced a little when we turned the clocks to 2 a.m. before turning out the light, but we’re definitely not too old to stay out past midnight.  We can do it.

But what I can’t do is sit on stools to eat dinner.  We dined at Beasley’s Chicken and Honey in downtown Raleigh prior to attending the party.  The restaurant has diners dine on backless stools.

Ouch!  My back ached for most of the party, and I felt old the next day. I even wanted a nap by 3 p.m., but I had to go to a child’s birthday party instead.

Maybe the fairy godmother got the last laugh after all.



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