|I lost at Pin The Tail On The Donkey.|
If you ask me about any birthday parties from that year, I honestly cannot recall them. Although the memories of that day are somewhat cloudy and confused, here's what I do remember ... For one, I loved Eric's parents. They were classy, artistic, sophisticated -- like city folk in the suburbs -- and I liked that about them. They were different than my other classmates' parents.
|I was a dancing machine!|
I remember that Eric's sixth birthday was the only party I ever attended that had a dance contest. Let me tell you, I needed to win this dance contest. I leaped on top of a table and gave it my all and somehow boogied my way into winning a handful of pencils. I swear to you those unsharpened yellow #2s made my week.
Clutching my prize, I was so very proud. Sliding my forefinger under the smooth tan rubber band, I counted them and recounted them. I remember sitting in the back of my mother's car on the ride home from Eric's, bragging about how I was the very best dancer.
I wonder if I told Mom that I lost at Pin the Tail on the Donkey. I felt such anxiety being blindfolded and turned around, left to navigate in darkness while other the children watched. I cried to Eric's father that Pin the Tail on the Donkey was unfair. I needed to win one of the games at Eric's party. I couldn't go home a loser. Was I really the best dancer at Eric's party? I'll never know. But thank you Eric's parents for making me a winner that day.
Happy Birthday, Eric. I will always remember your first grade birthday bash on East Dover Street.
What a sweet memory!!
Wonderful post Ally. Reminded me of why I fell in love with this blog in the first place.
I bet your dancing skills have only gotten better too.
You are the Dancing Queen! Guess what tune my brain is singing?
i love that the prize was a handful of regular old pencils. if only today's birthday parties could be so inexpensive.
I love this story, Ally.
The one time I won at Pin the Tail on the Donkey, and my family was SO PROUD of me for beating out a slew of kids, I cheated. I couldn't help it. I could see under the blindfold. This is the first time I'm admitting it. Shh.
Dancing, though, beats that stupid donkey game any day!
Thank you Betty, Ms.A and TS.
@Lucky, I forgot to mention like my parents, Eric's folks were teachers :)
@Robyn, I know this party game is impossible so don't fret!
congrats, must of been a proud moment
I'm happy for the child within. We all needed moments like this. I'll never forget winning a dance contest when I was 15 and we got a free pizza. It was a sweet moment.
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Awww, cute story :)
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I don't know why I felt I had to cheat at this game. The prize usually involved a piece of candy... I guess, to a child, that's worth it's weight in gold.
I think you should grab your video cam and give us an updated version of that dance! :)
BTW - we had that exact same pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey set.
Great blog post!
I remember attending birthday parties as a kid. They were so much fun. For some reason, it was obligatory back in the day to play musical chairs. It was so stressful to play musical chairs! :)
great blog! I added you picture to my blog page!
Hey, I think we might have been at the same party. You were the one who got the pencils...grrrr...
Actually, you're way younger then me, but I remember something darn similar to this, although the prize was a bottle of Windsong perfume!
Only contest I ever won was a dance contest at a bar mitzvah party.. With a cute guy even! ( my last good social memory involving the opposite sex until 16 )... Won long distance voyager by the moody blues on vinyl...
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