January 16, 2008
Proof: Nature wins.
We were invited to a birthday party at the infamous Chuck E. Cheese (aka CEC for the in-crowd) on 161 in Dublin last night. something strange happened. It was a wonderful party, but fascinating. CEC serves up ample quantities of sugar and fat in varied but edible forms. They also post on their menu "BEER." Before walking in, I heard this and thought it was funny. Turns out, there could have Trappist Monks serving Orval on tap and it wouldn't taste any different than BEER. When you walk in the door, you are hit with a pulsating barrage of blinky lights, a large animatronic rat, flat panels galore, electronic games, climbing structures, rides, colors, blinky lights and really loud, really old cover tunes sung by really mediocre cover bands.
I'm sitting there stunned and overwhelmed and barely aware of any of my senses (except sight). This place fits every parent's most frightening stereotype of what they don't want for their kids.
Then, Frankie all but exploded.
She has never enjoyed herself more. I believe she thought it was better than xmas and Halloween combined! And, she's a pretty happy kid to begin with. The fascinating thing to me? No matter how hard we try as parents, the kids are who they are.