Originally posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 12:53pm
I'm a planner. I have things planned months -- if not years -- in advance. I began planning for Quinn's 9th birthday, which was in December of 2009, in August of that year. I happened to run across a contest that Nickelodeon Universe (the amusement park within the Mall of America in Minneapolis) was running wherein you could write a essay on why you should win their Ultimate Birthday Party -- one of you and 99 of your friends.
Quinn entered and, out of approximately 1,500 applicants, he won. Here's his story.
When Quinn submitted his essay for the Ultimate Birthday Party I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to what he wrote beyond telling him he probably wouldn't win. Yeah, I'm a supportive mom. I just didn't want him to get his hopes up!
I didn't save anything and couldn't really remember what he'd written. After our meet and greet yesterday with the MoA staff I asked them if they would forward a copy of the essay. Here it is:
Why Should You Win The Ultimate Birthday Party
My name is Quinn and I am eight years old. I live in St. Michael, Minnesota.
I would like to win the birthday party because I would like to invite all the kids in all the third grade classes at my school to come to my birthday party.
Whenever I have a birthday party the hardest part is picking who can come. I want to invite everyone but my mom always tells me that we can't invite everyone and I always feel bad for the kids that can't come.
If I had this birthday party, I could invite all the kids in my grade, even the ones I don't know. I asked my mom how many people she thinks are in all the third grade classes at my school and she said probably one hundred. So we could have everyone at one big party. It would be the best party ever.
We'd also have to invite my little sister but that's okay. I have money in my Batman bank and I can buy her a ticket.
My mama typed this but I told her what to say. Thank you!
I know he's my kid and I'm biased but can I just say -- he's pretty cute and a very funny kid. Love my little dork. :-)