|Doctor. Who-lloween party for the Dr. Who 50th Anniversary|
Before the days of Pinterest, the Internet, or 73-Productions, my mom was the Queen of Parties and Holidays. As a mother myself, I have tried to recreate those memories for my own children. I will admit that the pull to save time and energy has sometimes left me wanting to spend money on pre-made parties at local designations. Truth be told, I have given in more than once. Let's face it, I send out the invitations, people show up, a party is had, and I don't have to cook, clean, or decorate. But am I just making it easier on myself or am I trying to keep up with the neighbors and their kids' awesome party to "such and such" location?
We all have 3 resources at our disposal; Time, Energy, or Money. Typically, one of these is more prominent than the others. Growing up we didn't have much money, so my parents used their time and energy to create memories for myself and my siblings. This may have been done out of necessity, but I don't know if my memories of my childhood would be as sweet without those efforts. My memories aren't just allocated to the party itself, but made up of a million different aspects leading up to the day. The cake my mother made, the pinata we made from chicken wire and papier-mache, or the streamers and balloons that filled the living room. I remember my Monster Mash record playing during the Freeze Dance and the ooh's and ahh's as the garage door was opened to reveal the giant spider (made from trash bags) and spider web (made from rolls and rolls of yarn) in the garage (Boy I wish we had pictures of that!). Those are the memories that I want to leave my children with. Will they remember anything beyond the event? Do they have memories of games and music and decor or just that we went "somewhere" and did "something"?
Chastity and I started 73-Productions because the memories that we leave behind us don't stop with us, but continue to the next generation. I know that my love of parties and celebrations come from the legacy that my mother left me. My children love parties and costumes and all things nerdy and magical (see Doctor. Who-lloween photos). I have given them that. I hope that one day, it will be passed on to my grandchildren. Life is too short to not celebrate every milestone and success. Births, graduations, holidays, and special achievements should be rejoiced in and made to be memories.