I didn’t think my daughter would have a birthday party this year. I didn’t think anyone would come.
My daughter is 10, and has Aspergers. She doesn’t really have friends. She’s mostly happy doing her own thing at recess and lunch. But every year she’s had a birthday party, and she always looks forward to it.
The number of kids turning up to her party has dropped each year. Kids form closer friendships as primary school goes on. They hang out together, talk about whatever tweens talk about, share secrets. My daughter isn’t part of that. And mostly, she’s fine with it.
I tried to prepare her for not having a party this year. I promised her a big present – an Xbox, or a rabbit. I offered her a weekend at a farm instead. But she wanted her party.
I told her I didn’t think anyone was going to come. She said she was going to invite her “friends” anyway.
She asked a couple. They told her they couldn’t make it – that they were busy Saturdays and Sundays. Maybe they were. I don’t know.