My little one had another birthday party to attend. It was at a popular place where several other kiddos in her class had held their birthday parties — including my own when she turned five. But this time I did not want to sit on the bench like a responsible parent. I found out it was OK for adults to go as long as they wore socks like everyone else. I tried not to let my age or my weight bother me and I just decided to have fun with my little girl. Rather than embarrassing her as I’d feared, the other kids started asking if I would go down the slides with them — to the point where my only child got jealous. I was not elegant or gracious but you know what? I had a great time! One husband remarked I was the biggest kid there. When I was little they didn’t have places like this. And those slides seem WAY higher than two stories once you’ve climbed up! I can only imagine how they must feel to littles. I have found as I age that life is short. I have spent too much time wondering what others may think of me and/or trying to please someone else. Now I just don’t give a damn. The result was that my child told me after it was all over she was so glad I played with her and that a few of the other kids said they wished I was their mom. The Indian children’s right’s advocate Kailash Satyarthi said, “Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye — it is very beautiful.” I was not the thinnest there and I’m pretty sure I was the oldest. But I just let go of everything and had fun with my little one. And I do believe I was the parent who had the best time.