||[Mar. 6th, 2004|04:25 pm]
Two successful social events:|
I had my games night last night. I was disappointed that Athena couldn't make it, as I so rarely get to see her. But she was sick. 2CatDaddy also had to bow out due to illness. So, I had 4 guests instead of 6, which meant that we could play at the dining room table instead of in the living room. It was great to be able to have people over.
This morning was our toddler play time at church. Two other moms came, which gave us 4 kids: two 3 1/2 year olds, and two who were 20 and 24 months. It sounds small, but there was plenty to do and plenty of noise with only four kids. One of the moms (Lara) - it was the longest I've ever spoken to her. And that's what this was really supposed to be about. Sunday mornings are rushed. Toddler parents are the last ones to arrive and the first to go home since the kids are tired, hungry, or both. This was supposed to be casual play time and a chance for the adults to talk.
What was great about both activities was how low stress and low prep-work they both were. Unlike things that need a certain number of people or activities where you've put extra expense into planning for extra people, both of these were not number dependant so that if people were sick or forgot, it was their loss and the fund went on anyway.
Perhaps, the greatest part is that in both cases, people want to do it again. The games night and toddler play time could both become a monthly activity.