True confession: I am not a party-game person. I like other types of games. There's a fabulous game called Settlers of Catan that is very addicting if you're not careful. I enjoy a good game of Cribbage. Even Stratego every once in awhile. But party games...not so much. I am, however, a very good sport about it, so if you have a party and decide to have a game at the party, I will play. I will even have fun. So, please don't not invite me to your party just because you think I won't enjoy myself. I'll love it; I'll love it even more if there's chocolate somehow involved.
Some folks may ask: "Well, what are we supposed to do at those baby showers and wedding showers if we're not playing games? How can a room full of women possibly entertain themselves if we're not having them sniff tiny diapers filled with chocolate poo?"
Glad you asked.
When Sarah asked me what I'd like to do at the baby shower she so thoughtfully threw for me last Friday, I respectfully asked that no baby games be involved. She agreed that party-games didn't quite suit my personality and mood of the moment. (Have I mentioned before that she is the BEST sister-in-law, ever? I have? Well, it needs to said again.) We came up with a general idea that turned into a spectacular idea, and I am just giddy with joy at how it turned out. At least, as giddy as anyone can be with a stuffed up nose and sore throat.
At the shower, Sarah and my cousin (hi Donnelle!) filled Aunt Jane's dining room table with beautiful papers, stencils, rub-ons, stickers, children's books, verses, photos, glue, scissors, and assorted other scrapbooking tools, and said, "Make something!"
More specifically, they told everyone to decorate a square of cardstock with the idea that I would then use the artwork to decorate Julianne's room. They could decorate a little, decorate a lot; they could do it, or they could not do it and just watch and talk and hold the baby.
Amidst conversation, tiramisu, and present-opening, my family channeled their inner artist and made a little something for my tiny girl. It was so much fun to watch everyone gluing and cutting and talking, and in the end I was so blessed by what they made. Some of the squares are elaborate, some are simple, and even one square is just covered with stickers (placed with great enthusiasm by my cousin's two-year daughter). They are all quite a sight to behold.
Certainly, we could have played games and had a good time doing that too. Really, I'm not against party-games, and I know that sometimes it's better to keep things light and fun. But it was nice to do something different this time around--especially since I'm in this mood of "I want things to mean something." There are times when I'd rather have things simple and entertaining, and then there are times like Friday night when what I really want is to hold my family close and fill my heart with the warmth of their love.
Julianne may grow up without knowing everyone who was at that party, but she'll have a little piece of their imagination hanging on her wall. And no matter how I arrange all these squares, I know it'll look beautiful. Not just because the squares themselves are beautiful but because they were created by the hands of women who love my daughter.