Shades of Grey: Birthday Party

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but the thought process they go through to arrive at their decisions.

Submitted for Your Discussion & Consideration

You start planning a birthday party for your daughter. Several of her friends confirm they are coming. Checking with their parents, you pull together a big group of kids for the party.

You prepare the food and cake beforehand, ensuring there is enough food for all the kids whose parents have confirmed. You get a large cake and lots of hamburgers and chips.

The day of the party, only half the children show up. Your daughter still has a good time, and the kids who do come to the party have fun and enjoy the lunch and birthday cake.

After the party, you have quite a few leftovers. You’re upset at the parents who told you that their children were coming, but did not bring them to the party.

Do you think that you would call those who didn’t come? Is it better for your daughter to confront the families, or just let the rudeness go? Do you think that in the future you would invite those children? What do you think you would say to your daughter? Since she had a good day, is it best to say nothing to her about your frustration?

Issue date: Oct 25–Nov 7, 2013

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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.