It’s one thing to plan for simplicity, it’s another to achieve it.
I’m increasingly convinced that while there are things beyond my —or anyone’s—control, that there’s something to be said for adapting a can-do attitude when it comes to simplicity.
In discussions of young kids and simplicity in particular, the general culture likes to tell us that it’s not possible. Or that it won’t come without a fight. Or that we’ll be thwarted in our efforts to maintain a bit of calm or quiet. To some extent, for sure. Kids are not by nature calm and quiet all, or even very much of, the time. And the general culture is impressive indeed. Going a simpler route sometimes means circumventing a custom or tradition that feels set in stone or at least expected of us. That’s okay.
After the birthday extravaganza of the past weekend, I guess I just want to spread a message of hope. It is possible to plan a simple kid’s birthday party. It is possible to ask that folks not bring presents and have them merrily comply. It is possible to plan a few party games and, when the kids decide they are mostly not interested in them, to let them run pell-mell delighting in their freedom and friendship for an hour. Possible doesn’t mean perfect.
Here’s to opting to do things just a little bit differently. Life isn’t simple, but the cupcakes can be.