A construction birthday party was inevitable for Alan’s third birthday. He’s been visiting building sites since he was in utero. When I was pregnant with Alan, we were part of a joint venture to develop units on a site that was purchased with this delapidated house on it.
The owner of the house was a hoarder and a recluse. He lay deceased in the house for about 9 months before his body was discovered. So sad. My husband was convinced he’d have been the type to not trust banks, and instead have a huge stash of money hidden under his mattress. So at 7 months pregnant, my sister and I sifted through the contents of the house.
We did not find any cash. Instead there were hundreds of empty yogurt containers and tea boxes stacked neatly on top of each other as well as the packaging belonging to any other consumable he’d encountered in his hoarding years.
I often wonder about his life. What made him that way? I suppose that’s why the world was so fascinated with Grey Gardens and the Beale women (aunt/ niece to Jacki Onassis). How do two privileged high society women end up recluses living in squalor? I watched the movie some time ago. Think crazy cat ladies living in a house filled with cats, raccoons, fleas, garbage with no running water.
The house has since been purchased and restored. You can rent it for $125,000 for September-July.
Unfortunately, the house on the building site was in a state of disrepair. It was declared a health and safety risk and a demolition order was issued. The boys have since frequented the building site.
Hence the construction theme for the party. I wasn’t sure guests would show up as my husband had decorated the entrance with caution/ danger tape. Turns out our friends are risk takers. They came in despite the warnings. Fed the troops themed food.
You know those claw crane games at shopping centres/ timezones where you insert $2 and hopefully get a fun sized mars bar in return? Save your money friends and come to a birthday I host where you can scoop a handful of treats out. Promise it won’t cost you a cent!
The other highlight was building cubby houses out of the boxes we’d used in our move.