I want to think that my superstars will have the exact same experience I did in school.
I wasn’t popular, but I wasn’t disgusting.
I was able to stand apart from the rest of the crowd.
I never went to a party where everyone was drinking/smoking.
I never even thought about it.
And I never thought I was missing out.
I just happily went along with my life in youth group and all the activities that I was in.
That’s what I want for my superstars.
I want them to be liked for who they are not for what the presents they give.
Wordgirl just went to her 100th birthday party. Okay, so I may be exaggerating slightly, but she has been going to birthday parties since before she was 2 (I am not kidding!). She is quickly becoming the most popular person in our family. And ever since she has been attending parties, she has given the smallest presents.
You know why?
Because we can’t afford to give extravagant gifts. Plus, in my mind, you have a birthday party to spend time with your friends, not to get the “good stuff.”
And while I don’t believe it’s an issue right now, I can see this becoming one.
What do I do? Do I let her suffer the ridicule of her peers and try to instill that real friends wouldn’t care?
Or do I give in to protect her?
I don’t want her to suffer.
But I don’t really want her to be popular either!