Last weekend I hosted a tea party for the 5th grade girls that are in our church’s after school program. Three years ago I was the interim choir director and I felt the need to share something special with the girls who would be moving on to middle school. I’ve done it every year since then and plan on continuing until someone tells me to stop.
This year we had a small group. Three girls and three adults. BFF came over to help me make tiny sandwiches. I served pimento cheese finger sandwiches, strawberries, strawberry and cream pinwheels, parfait, mango/cider punch and earl grey tea. I should have made scones but I didn’t get around to it in time. Next year, I promise.
Girls seem to grow up so fast. When I was their age middle school didn’t start until 7th grade. I can’t imagine sending my child off to middle school in 6th grade. That seems way too young and I am not looking forward to it. Thankfully I have 5 more years until I really have to think about it.
Anyway, giving these girls a “grown up” tea party is the best way I know to show them how special I think they are. I don’t know if it makes a very big impression, if they enjoy it or their moms are making them come. I hope I’m offering them something out of the ordinary and somehow passing along the spirit of Anne Shirley.