Maybe we’re going to hell for this, but somehow we managed to successfully spend $2 on Bode’s birthday.
Here’s the thing. Bode’s 4 years old. It’s the perfect age for parents because he’s finally old enough to really understand that your birthday is a really, really special day…but, not old enough to know that most people get cake and naughty dinners and tons of presents that cost parents tons of money.
Four year olds don’t really get that unless you tell them all of that.
When you wrap up a $1 matchbox car in tons of tissue paper and wrap it a dozen times with blue and white string, you get a Mat Fraser-style fist pump and a, “YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!” And, when you follow that up with an individual sized bag of Swedish Fish because one of the things he said he wanted for his birthday were “gummies”, you get an even more intense Fraser reaction. You, then, top it off with an endless amount of fresh berries (the most expensive part of the event, but you don’t have to “count” it because the family needs to eat at some point) and homemade Cookie N’ Cream Progenex infused whipped cream…and, that’s when you shut it down.
Ben did get the Parent Of The Year Award for one bonus gift: an automated phone call from The Paw Patrol wishing Bode a Happy 4th Birthday.
And, there you have: the recipe for The Least Expensive Birthday Of All Time.
Parents of very young children, you are welcome.