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My Granddaughter’s 2nd Birthday

We celebrated my granddaughter’s 2nd birthday last Saturday. She actually turned 2 years old on Friday, but it’s difficult to get the family all together on a weekday. The party was held at a local establishment called House of Bounce. Due to the name, I was expecting trampolines. I was wrong in my assumption. The business is a big metal building full of giant inflatables.

I’d never been to any place like it. The inflatables were a kids’ paradise. All of the kids and the more adventurous adults had a great time. I didn’t realize I would need to wear socks to participate. I wore my preferred sandals, so I didn’t get into any of the inflatable houses.

There was one house that looked especially interesting. It was an obstacle course that looked like a lot of fun. It reminded me of the old American Gladiator courses. There were tall pillars in the first room followed by a wall to be climbed over. I’m not sure what was on the other side of the wall. I know there was a tunnel in there somewhere. The kids absolutely loved it, and I loved watching them run, giggle, and have fun.

Kids grow so fast. I didn’t realize it so much when my step-kids were little because I saw them every day. I see my grandson two or three times a month and my granddaughter every two or three months, so their growth is more obvious to me. Watching my granddaughter play in the bounce houses made me realize it’s time to acknowledge she isn’t a baby anymore. I had to take the baby rattles out of the toy box and consider buying more age appropriate toys.

My grandma once told me that the older I get, the faster time will pass. I was probably four or five years old when she imparted that pearl of wisdom. I didn’t believe her then. Now I see Grandma P. was wise beyond measure. I only hope I can one day impart such wisdom to my grandchildren.

Enjoy each precious moment with your loved ones, especially the little tykes. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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