Monday, April 21, 2008

The Screaming Diva...

My little miss Lauren was invited to a birthday party. Now, this is nothing unusual, the theme was High School Musical (Lauren's favorite movie), there were going to have a Sharpay impersonator there and the children could dress up as a character, cheerleader or dancer if they wanted to. Somehow, Lauren got it stuck in her pretty little head that she was going to dress up as Sharpay (one of the main characters from the move played by Ashley Tisdale). For an entire week, she had been trying to figure out what she was going to wear (all of the options, however involved going to the store and purchasing elaborate pieces of clothing that she would never wear again). She watched the movie (twice) Saturday making notes so she could duplicate the look (She didn't even want to go to the movies because she would be busy planning her "look"). I assured her that she had plenty of pink things that she could wear to give her the "rich, spoiled kid who only wears pink" look, a gift was purchased, birthday card signed and her plans were complete.....

... Until we went to the movies at the local mall...

After the movie, we (against my better judgement) walked around the mall for a little while before leaving. The girls wanted to stop at the Disney store and, of course, they had "High School Musical" clothing. Lauren right then and there decided that her life could not continue if she didn't get the Sharpay dress and bejeweled flip-flops. Of course, Eric and I had no intention of buying her a $30 dress just to wear to a party and offered to buy just the flip-flops... no way... she wasn't having any part of it - it was all or nothing in her little mind. We told her no.......

... And the screaming began.....

I've never been so embarrassed in my life - dragging a screaming six year old through the mall - trying to make the quickest exit possible. Not only was she crying (loudly), but she was very loudly telling Eric and I how evil we were - and that we never buy her anything (yeah, right). At one point she just stopped and stood there screaming, refusing to move! I continued trying to get her to come along and I'm quite surprised how well I handled the complete and utter mortification. It was the longest trek from one end of the mall to the other I have ever made in my entire life...

... Needless to say, she was not allowed to go to the party...

I called the little girl's Mom and got their answering machine. I left a long and very, sorrow filled message (I really felt bad for the little girl that we were cancelling), but there was no way we could let Lauren go to the party after that little exposition.

It was so unlike her to act in such an extreme way - all I can guess is that all the girls in her class must have been planning all of this during the week and she thought she was going to be left out - who knows?

So, the lesson we have all learned from this is.... don't ask the guests to dress up for a birthday party - because somewhere, one of your guests is having a mini-battle with their parents over what they will wear, and will it be cool enough to keep up with the other kids... who knew??





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1 comment:

Rosanne said...

Liz- my kids are now 26 and 23..I don't know where the years have gone! But I DO remember having a day just like the one you had at the mall with my daughter when she was about that same age. And it was over a BIG COOKIE. It was at one of those cookie places that sold cookies the size of a large pizza. My daughter wanted one of those so bad and ended up throwing one of those over the top tantrums. And why is it when that happens you are a million miles away from your car?? I was so embarrassed. But I saw quite a few moms looking at me sympathetically. I guess they'd been in the same position before too!
I love reading your columns and seeing you on Posh Mama! Talk to you later,
Rosanne