I picked up Zayd and Ethan from their after-school program. This conversation occurred during the car-ride home:
Zayd: Mom? Are we doing anything tonight?
Me: I don't think so. Do you have homework?
Me: I don't think we have anything planned. As long as you have your schoolwork done you should be okay. What's up?
Zayd: I have to be somewhere at 6:30.
Really? He's 9 - where does he think he is going at 6:30?
Me: Okay. Where are you going at 6:30?
Zayd: I'm meeting Cole.
Cole is a friend of his.
Me: How are you meeting Cole?
Zayd: On Club Penguin.
I think I have spoken of this "Club Penguin" before. It's kinda like SIMS for kids. They have a penguin persona, they get together online and meet and do activities such as sledding and such. Zayd is into Club Penguin.
Me: You are meeting Cole on Club Penguin at 6:30.
Zayd: Yeah - at his igloo.
Me: At his igloo?
Zayd: Yeah. He's having a party at his igloo.
What about this statement is so incredibly funny to me? I start giggling... I really try not to, but I can't help myself.
Zayd: (also starting to laugh). Why are you laughing?
Me: I don't know... (now I am really giggling) it just sounds funny to me. That there is a party at Cole's igloo!
Zayd: But there is!
Me: I realize that! It just makes me laugh!
Me: So what do you do at a Club Penguin party? (giggle)
Zayd: We dance. (he give his snort laugh)
Me: Huh. I see.
Zayd: And we play guitar and sing.
I think I want to go to Cole's igloo party.
That night Zayd comes up to my bedroom with a sour face.
Zayd: (heavy sigh)
Me: What's wrong.
Zayd: Well... there wasn't a party at the igloo tonight. We were supposed to decorate for the party.
Now this is really getting beyond my grasp.
Me: Oh... and you are disappointed?
Zayd: Well yeah! I thought the party was tonight and now it's tomorrow!
Me: Well at least there is a party tomorrow!
Zayd: Yeah, but I don't know if I can go tomorrow!
Me: Okay. Why can't you go tomorrow?
Zayd: Well, I don't know if you and dad will let me.
Me: I'll talk to your dad about it. As long as you have your schoolwork and chores done, I don't see any reason why you can't go to Cole's party.
Zayd: (still sourish face - but with a hint of relief). Okay.
Me: Wouldn't it just be easier if you have a party at your igloo?
Zayd: No. That won't work.
Zayd: I don't have enough stuff to have a party. You need stuff in your igloo to have a party - and I haven't bought enough stuff.
Wow. Even in Club Penguin you have to keep up with the Joneses.