Thursday, September 18, 2008

Writers Workshop Thursday: Describe a Childhood Birthday.

I am lucky. I have a birthday in September and unless there is some sort of freaky weather going on, it is usually one of those beautiful late summer/early fall days.

When I was little, I loved to make things with clay. Not just play-doh or modeling clay but the kind that would harden and you would keep for ever and ever. I knew how to make pinch pots, animals, ash trays and an assortment of other decorative items that would not hold water. My Mom decided to run with this for my 7th birthday. She rented a movie projector and a film about making pottery. We all watched and learned and then longed for a potters wheel of our own. After the movie we all trooped outside to the picnic table where big shirts were waiting for everyone to put on and also...big blocks of clay. We shaped and molded and tried to apply what we learned in the movie to our masterpieces. One of my best friends kept laughing and declaring the clay 'gross' but she was having a fabulous time. When we were done, we washed up and headed inside for cake and presents.

I will never forget this birthday because it was original and fun and creative...all the things a 7 year-olds party should be.

15 comments:

Mama Dawg said...

Sounds like a fab party. I love this idea. I may have to steal it for my daughter's next b-day!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Go Mom...it's wonderful to have those kind of special memories...

McBöbø said...

I'll mention it too Hulla as an idea for Younger Son's 7th. I assuming you can also make guns, bazookas, death rays and light sabres out of clay too, right?

MrsWhimsy said...

Awesome party. I love the originality. I can see why that is a memory that you cherish!

Kat said...

My girls would probably wish they had your mom. Cause I think that having a pottery party AT MY HOUSE would give me apopolexy. A clay party somewhere else...just hives. Now, a swimming party or something like that, I can deal with :-)

Weeksie50 said...

Oh, what a wonderful mommy to had.. How fun and creative. What a great memory thanks for sharing..

Angie said...

What a great birthday party! I would have totally loved being your friend!
My "paper" is about my 7th birthday party too, go check it out!

~Angie!

Suburbia said...

Sounds like you had a great time.
Tall Girl had a pottery party last birthday! They threw a pot using a potters wheel and did some painting on a pottery tile.
I hope she will have fond memories of her special day when she is grown up too.

Los said...

I used to always make clay ash-trays in art class in grade school ... none of my parents smoked ... but that didn't stop me.

Jen said...

that is really cool. to bad as adults we don't get to have those fun theme birthday anymore. I mean, I would totally love to have a big jump house at my next party.

Mama's Losin' It said...

How creative you were! My Mom would never have exposed us to anything that had "mess potential".

...It would have been nice if you had invited me...

Tabi said...

What a neat idea! That really sounds like fun!

Lula! said...

My eldest will be 7 this year...and you have just given me MANY ideas for her party. So creative...your mom rocks, clearly.

J'Ollie Primitives said...

what a fun memory! your mom sounds like a fairy godmother.

kccat said...

Nice memory. You are lucky to have a Sept. bday. You are so right about the weather and season. I am 4 days after Christmas so I get crap weather every year :(