Thursday, November 1, 2012

Life of the Party

I dared throw a party one time in high school, while my mom and step dad were out of town. It wasn’t my best decision ever. I spent the whole time sober, watching drunken people do stupid things.

The other night, Elmo landed on the floor in a way that suggested he'd had one too many.
I realized that inebriated teenagers and toddlers have much in common. 

Like living with a toddler, I witnessed lots of stumbling and falling down the night of that party. I cringed each time a heavy and/or breakable object was pitched in the air. The floor became a garbage can strewn with random debris. And people couldn’t seem to keep their voices down.

I felt like the “no” police spoiling all the fun. I repeated myself a lot. I expended way too much energy waiting for disaster to happen.

After the festivities were over, I was the sole person left to clean up the mess.

Thankfully, Claire hasn’t burned her bangs off trying to light a cigarette on the stove like Angie Shivle did that night.  Plus, I was this close to throwing everyone out. Things can get chaotic around chez Demas, but my love for my daughter always keeps me from cracking.

Most importantly, having Claire is my best decision ever.

36 comments:

  1. I had one party when I was in High School - my parents were HOME when I had everyone over to celebrate my birthday. They were so obnoxious that I NEVER threw a party again until I was an adult! And, yes, toddler and teenagers do share a lot of traits! Wonderful analogy!
    Tracy @ http://www.momaical.com

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  2. Looks like Elmo was the life of the party! (My, how motherhood changes us, in good ways!)

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  3. I've been to many parties where the attendees looked like Elmo by the end of the night, myself included once or twice (snicker).
    Your comparison's are always a joy to read. Love your blog.

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    1. Me too (hee/hee)! Not so much lately, though.

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  4. Such a cute post- I know all about regretting to throw parties! Also, I love the name of your blog. So funny and cute- definitely makes a newcomer want to stick aroudn! Just found your blog and have loved getting to know you better. I'm excited to follow along!

    new follower :)
    Bonnie
    www.bonnielouisa.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who regrets parties!

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  5. Awww this is great. And looking at that picture of Elmo...yeah, I remember a few people in high school looking just like that once the got liqoured up at a party!

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  6. Hahaha, how did Elmo get those beads? Huh? HUH?? I think he needs to practice a little more modesty. lol

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    1. My daughter is in love with those beads! Makes me worried about Mardi Gras' in her future.

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  7. I think it's time to cut Elmo off of the sippy cup of milk. The photo is hilarious. Very funny post -- every time Cuppy gets into something, I'm going to think of parties of many moons ago.

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  8. Definitely agree about the similarities between inebriation and toddlers, haha! I saw an episode of How I Met Your Mother, where they play a game called something like "Drunk or Kid." Someone tells a wild anecdote and everyone else has to guess whether this happened when they were drunk or when they were a kid. It's a good game ;)

    Found you through the bloghop from Mommy Only Has 2 Hands. Following you and looking forward to more posts! :)

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  9. I giggled at this post :) Elmo looks like he had one too many drinks that night.

    I once went to a party where parents weren't home...we ended up getting caught tho. We were all grounded for a month. LOL

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  10. i love this post! funny and thoughtful at the same time.

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  11. It must be hard work being an Elmo toy. The one we have here gets fed all sorts of things and dragged about. Your Elmo looks like he needed the drink :)

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  12. Ahh yes . . . I remember those parties being a lot more fun when they were at someone else's house! :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by the More than Mommies Mixer! We are new followers. LOVE your writing style, blog title and how candidly you write! We would love for you to consider becoming one of our Sunday Sippers, too!

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  13. I've attended many a parties in high school but I never had the gonads to host one myself. I was terrified of my Dad.
    And oh my Jesus...that picture of elmo is priceless!!

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  14. This is so awesome. Great pic of Elmo. I am so afraid that you are right- toddlers and teenagers are different types of a very similar species. Yikes. Thanks for making me laugh! Hopped over from the Weekend Showcase! ;)

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  15. I NEVER once threw a party at my parent's. I left that to everyone else lol.

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :)

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  16. such a good analogy. love it
    Pinning this to the Sunday Parenting Party board

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  17. Ha ha! Great post. Thankfully I've only attended those college/high school parties, never threw one. YIKES. I would have been grounded still today. Anyway, thanks for the funny read!

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  18. Ha ha, Elmo does look like he's had a good night! You were brave to hold a party when your parents were away, making better decisions now, like the beautiful Claire :)

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  19. Poor Elmo, looked like he had a really rough night! The comparisons are right on too....scary.

    Thanks for linking up to Raising Imperfection!

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  20. Poor Elmo! So undignified being the life of the party now that iPhones are around ;)

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  21. Great insight! We have a photo of Elmo is disarray too; my son took him for a swim in the baby pool last summer :-)

    Visiting you from Jelli's blog.

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  22. This was hilarious!
    Poor Elmo!

    Thank you for linking your favorite post to Raising Imperfection Sunday Link Up! Please come back Friday to see if you were featured :)

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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  23. Love it!

    Thank you for linking up with Super Sunday Sync this week. Hope to see you next week!

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  24. Thanks for sharing part of your life. Dropping by from MYM!

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  25. hysterical! and that pic of elmo is classic!

    so happy to found your link on hof weekend blog hop! love your writing style and site! can't wait to read more

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