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My Friends, I Need Your Help

I need some ideas for what might go wrong, right, and everything in between at a six-year-old’s birthday party.  The boy’s parents are losers — dad’s an alcoholic, mom smokes incessantly, and this is the last party they ever throw for their kid.  I’m struggling to identify the signature event that occurs at the party that the boy holds onto years later as one of the indicators of who his parents are.  Got any ideas?  I’m counting on you.


13 responses to “My Friends, I Need Your Help

  1. M E McMahon August 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    There’s always the obvious…dad barfs in the cake or mom burns down the house while party is going on (or stubs the cig out in the kid’s cake). Or the not so obvious…mom (or dad) are found in bed with the rented clown who was supposed to entertain the guests..not the parents! Good luck!

    • kingmidget August 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      I like the last one, and the cigarette in the cake. I’m thinking of the parents getting in a massive argument that leaves the boy and his friends completely ignored for hours.
      Thanks for the suggestions.

  2. Charles Yallowitz August 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Dad gets alcohol on his clothes throughout the party and mom accidentally sets him on fire with a spark from her lighter? The candles on the cake could be cigarettes. Pinata filled with something gross or stupid. Dad mistakes one of son’s friends for his own kid. One of his parents sleeps with the parent of a friend.

  3. sknicholls August 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I have many stories from the children who were with me in The Harpst Home…the things they felt scared them for life. Most were girls tho, but they could be adapted. There was a girl who recalled her drunk father giving her a deep, wet french kiss, that did it for her. Her mother witnessed the event. Another girl watched her drunk dad throw some flammable alcoholic drink on her sister and set her on fire. The sister has permanent scars. I saw the effects of my own mother’s overdose. The country doctors came to my grandmother’s house, syrup of ipecac and charcoal dripping from her mouth, the smell of vomit, and the bedpan full of feces on the floor. The IV bottles suspended from the curtain rod There was a boy who was molested by his best friends father. Cirrhosis of the liver and lung cancer come to mind, but that would come later. Something innocent that causes his drunk father to spank (really beat) him while his mother sits and watches his helplessness though her cigarette smoke might do that for him. When you think scarred for life…think big.

    • kingmidget August 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Spanking him while mom sits and watches will fit nicely and it’s punishment for something he didn’t really do.

      • sknicholls August 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

        Exactly. I still remember my grandmother switching me for stealing a box of chocolate covered cherries from off the top of the piano. My sister got them and ate them, but my grandmother tricked me. She came outside and said she had another box for whichever one of us took the last one. My sister told me to say that I did and then split the box with her when I got it. I claimed my reward…which I have never forgotten. I despise my sister to this day for many reason, but this is still recalled as one of them..

  4. Lilith Colbert August 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    They get into an argument over something trivial, the father tries to go at the mom to hit her and she throws the cake at him, ruining the party. Dad walks out and she tries to comfort the boy, telling him she’ll go and buy another cake “right now – your fuckin father, such a loser! But baby, everything’s gonna be ok, you’ll see”

  5. Dadicus Grinch August 19, 2013 at 4:33 am

    It could also be something subtle, like they’re about to sing Happy Birthday and his dad walks over to the keg/cooler for another beer instead of towards the cake while the lit candles wait to be blown out. The boy watches his father make this decision, and his eyes are on him rather than the cake, His mom has to nudge him to blow out his own candles. Perhaps he even brings his dad a piece of cake because he’s talking with some buddies at the keg. The dad says “Thanks, kid,” not even Happy Birthday.

    • kingmidget August 19, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Thanks for the idea. I do like subtle. I’ve come up with something that is not quite as subtle, though. I may do something I’ve never done before — go back and write a couple of different birthday scenes to see which one I like best. It’s been interesting putting the question out and seeing what people came up with.

  6. butimbeautiful August 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    One of the couple’ extra-maritals turns up? Or..instead of putting a kiddie film on, the mum accidentally switches on kiddie porn, which turns out to be the uncle’s…

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