Yesterday a warm, wet, drizzly morning turned crisp as cold air seethed in. It was Nico's 7th birthday. With help from Charles I brought him and 7 of his classmates back from school. They swarmed the treehouse and quickly found the zip line out of the climbing tree. I'd had some games in mind, but never got to most. We strung up a pinata up in the tree, and they made short work of it.
Inside, they rummaged the costume bin and put on a play, The Stolen Slipper. Nico was decked out in beads and red silks as the rich man -- Annabel in sparkly blue was a flute playing princess. Grace was the thief in prison stripes who would make off with the slipper. Jamie was the guard in gray armor with sword in hand. Anya was a wizard with a battle ax. Matteo made a racket with the musical instruments. Robin ran the lights, and Camille tried to direct. And it was all as chaotic as a real opening night.
Monica arrived with pizza and ice cream cake. Candles were blown out -- presents opened. And out in the windy darkness we built a campfire and toasted marshmallows. Finally, I drove them back to school, where the older kids were staging their own play, Charley and the Chocolate Factory. And there the parents gradually gathered them up.