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Big Guy has his first sleepover
Monday, 2 Jun, 2008 – 5:17 | Comments Off

It’s been an obsession with Big Guy since a schoolmate regaled him last spring with tales of her sleepover, which I think must have been as glorious as a day at Disney combined with a trip to the Jelly Belly factory.

“Mommy, when do I get to have a sleepover?”

I’ve always managed to come up with avoidance excuses, including some good, honest reasons. None of his school friends lives close to us, and there aren’t any kids his age on our street.

Sometimes, though, I say “yes” simply because even I get tired of hearing myself say “no.”

No, we can’t go to the park after school.

No, you can’t have a TV in your room before you’re 30, and I don’t care who else has one.

No, you can’t have a pet lion.

So when Big Guy and his favorite cousin, Nina – the baby Big Guy version of her real name — started hammering me the second I got home from work Saturday, I impulsively agreed to a sleepover. I instantly wondered what I’d gotten myself into and hoped Nina’s mom would say “no” and save me from myself.

No such luck.