Showers, party games, and ....
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tightly wrapped rose bud
pink petals prepared to burst.
Woman to 'mother'.
I'm just home from an after work baby shower for the fourth woman on our staff in less than six months. Each mom-to-be has been lovely and obviously very ready to be un-pregnant by the time of the shower! I'm glad to be invited, happy to buy a gift or a collection of diapers depending on the theme of the party, and admittedly, I'm ready myself to take a break on showers - in particular the games. I'm really not a curmudgeon or Scrooge. But the games have run the gamut from counting the diaper pins in a bottle to those requiring steady fine motor skills and eating baby food to the one I was surprised to learn about early in our shower-palooza. The latter is one we did tonight. Perhaps you know it?
The hostess buys tiny diapers - perhaps a preemie size?? - and like some misguided sorceress melts, crushes and smears each diaper with one of a variety of food products (mostly candies). The way one has to identify the 'contents' is to look close and smell.
Hmmmm, I thought that I had the candy angle handled with being a chocolate afficionado but no. My friends, unless you've had the experience of playing this game, it is a bit harder than you might think. OK, the York Peppermint Patty was a scented giveaway. But this isn't as easy as you'd think!
I realized that I'm particular about the brands of chocolate I eat! When the answers were revealed, some candies were familiar by name only but I can't remember the last time I've unwrapped and eaten one. Oh, well. No prize for me with that game. I can say that watching others do the diaper peek and sniff test - with a repeat or two to 'be sure' - is a bit comical - and of course the others thought the same watching me!
An inconsequential blog to be sure. Aren't some of our rites and rituals associated with milestones humorous when we take time to stand back and consider. Yet, they are group fun and certainly build memories for the persons being honored.