The babysitter filled us in about Ben's desire to have a "popular party."
He only wants the popular kids here. He was on his cell phone all night trying to arrange it- while Jeanine and I were out.
Hmmm. Popular party? I don't think so.
It hits a nerve. I was never very popular. Sure, I wore the shirts with the little alligator on them. I wore the topsiders. I drove a bright green Chevy Chevette.
Okay, that was NEVER going to make me popular.
But I was also a lesbian, knew I was a lesbian, and struggling to maintain my closet. I was asked to a popular party once. My good friend Suzy's younger sister- who was my age- was THE popular girl in my class. I was hooked up.
It terrified me. They would all know I was a lesbian and then tell the whole school and I would be so tormented even the AV boys wouldn't talk to me.
Now, I have to say, only Ben and his friend is interested in this party. She's a lovely young girl I have had the chance to spend some time with and... I'd say she has some issues around gender/sexuality.
Just like Ben.
I'm not surprised there are very specific lines drawn by the two of them- but I am dismayed. Would you not invite this friend or that one? Kids you've known since you were a toddler? Who determines "popular?"
And the reality, I know, that when you try this hard? You always fall hard on your face.
Stay tuned... I am going to have a conversation with him tonight.