Today, February 25th, is Andrew's fourteenth birthday! Its hard to imagine that a year has past since his Bar Mitzvah. In many ways, we are all still basking in the warm afterglow of that epic event. So it seemed natural to celebrate this birthday on a lesser scale. But when you have such loyal friends as Andrew...
Two of Andrew's female friends decided to throw him a surprise party! They began preparations before Christmas, made all the invitations, picked the FIESTA theme, Mexican menu and festive "south of the border-style" decorations. PLUS, one girl opened her home us.
In all, twenty blabbering invitees and dozens of ancillary personnel were privy to the proceedings and somehow, nobody gave away the secret. It should be noted that Andrew will never be confused with Sherlock Holmes and although there were many slip-ups, he never pieced the puzzle together, (I must confess, I almost gave it away myself).
The plan worked perfectly Saturday night, (two days before his birthday). His friends suggested going to the movies and Andrew our "sitting-duck" was driven by mom, to the hostess' house. We all waited in the garage. The kids were so noisy, I was afraid they might give it away...until one of the girls shrieked directly into my ear, "SHADDUP!!!!!"
The doctors say, I have an excellent chance to eventually get some of my hearing back...thanks Amber!
The hostess' mom came outside to greet them when they pulled up. For effect, she brought with her a pail and mop.
She spilled the water out for Andrew to see and said, "Please go through the garage, the floor is still wet."
The giggling inside the garage rose as the door slowly went up until the collective, deafening scream of, "SURPRISE!" Andrew was shocked. Tears welled-up in his eyes as well as his mom's. He was then mobbed by his friends. Everybody went inside and the party officially began.
ANDREW IS OVERWHELMED AND CAN'T DECIDE WHETHER TO LAUGH OR CRY
UNABLE TO DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME, ONCE THE CRYING ENDED, ANDREW LAUGHED
A MRS. FIELDS CHOCOLATE-CHIP COOKIE CAKE FROM THE MALL. WE WERE PRE-WARNED AND HAD AN ENGLISH SPEAKING ADULT HANDLE OUR ORDER.
CAN'T YOU JUST FEEL THE HORMONES BURSTING FROM YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN.
ANDREW IS BRACKETED BY THE PARTY ORGANIZERS, THE HOSTESS IS ON THE LEFT.
ONE KID CRASHED THE PARTY. HE STOLE SIX BALLOONS AND DRANK ALL THE MILK BEFORE GETTING KICKED OUT.
NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED DURING THE PINATA CEREMONY HOWEVER ANDREW, UNAIDED BY STEROIDS, DID TAKE OUT THE LIGHT BULB WITH ONE MIGHTY SWING
AFTER THE OPENING OF THE GIFTS...ANDREW GIVES HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH...AT THIS POINT, HE'S BEGINNING THE SECOND HOUR AND IS THANKING THE "LITTLE PEOPLE."
INSIDER INFORMATION HAS INDICATED TO ME THAT ANDREW IS WISHING THAT THIS GREAT NIGHT WILL NEVER END.
BACK AT HOME, ANDREW SHARES THE INTIMATE DETAILS OF THE PARTY WITH HIS CONFESSOR.
If you run over to Andrew's school, Galloway Township Middle School (GTMS) his name appears on the marquee along with a birthday message. His history teacher (Mr. Evans) is in charge of that (for a fee). Mr. Evans likes Andrew so well that he has dubbed my boy THE SAINT and included that moniker on the sign.
Let's all raise our glass of Nestle's Quik and wish Andrew a *HAPPY BIRTHDAY with many happy returns, (trust me, he's NOT always a saint...but close).
While your at it, please also wish BADLANDS a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, its her big day today too.