Oh my gosh, I did the most awesome thing ever yesterday! I accompanied my 5-year-old honorary niece to a classmate’s birthday party at a place called Bounce U. It’s basically an entire warehouse full of various bouncy castles!
HN (Honorary Niece) had such an amazing time. Granted, she bounces like a rubber ball all the time anyhow. She started jumping, just randomly, from the moment we got into the place. Then she continued to run and jump and zip down the slides and bop around like a crazy person. This, by the way, according to her mom, after waking up at 5am and going to ballet class in the morning, then the birthday party at noon. I swear, 5-year-olds have enough energy to light up a city!
Anyhow, this bouncy house place was pretty darn cool, and I wish they’d had them when I was a kid. Someone somewhere came up with a billion-dollar idea with all these gigantic air slides and bouncy houses. I was worried that they would feel unsafe or like the kids might get hurt, but they were all pretty ingeniously constructed for the least possibility of injury. The kids were more likely to hurt each other by stepping on each other than to have problems with the equipment. Fortunately, they did an okay job of watching the safety video before they got into the rooms, and there were attendants watching the party.
They also served pizza to the kids afterwards and had a cake. Seriously, this is a brilliant idea. And the kids had a blast. I’m proud to say that HN is one of the most popular kids in her class…with the boys. Ha! Her dad is going to have his hands full in about 10 years. It was fun to sit with one of the moms of one of HN’s particularly close boy-friends and to hear about how much he talks about her. For a second there, I almost felt like a parent with an actual kid!
But hey, I love my honorary niece and nephew (her little brother, who just turned 2, and boy was he acting like it yesterday!) like they’re my own. And I’m more grateful than I will ever be able to express that their mom, my best friend, considers me family. Yay for the family you find!