Many of you know that my husband and I were chaperoning my Goddaughter’s sweet “16” birthday party. We didn’t have to break up any fights, although more than once my husband did have to stand the kids firmly back on their feet again so that they could go at it.
We didn’t know what to expect because teenagers can be so unpredictable and these kids didn’t let us down.
My beautiful Goddaughter put on a Sumo Wrestler outfit and got the party started – it was totally unexpected for my husband and I and we found ourselves caught up in the spectator sport, mostly laughing at the teens as they struggled to stand and move in the heavy costumes.
Of course, the Sumo Wrestlers were not without their initial difficulties. Trying to don a 20 pound Sumo outfit was no easy feat and took an adult (or another teenager) to hook the safety strap, clamp the Velcro closure and place the leather helmet on the Sumo wrestler’s head.
I cannot begin to explain to you how hysterical these kids were. The shortest young lady could barely keep her head above the shoulders of the outfit and looking more like a turtle – popping her head up and down – she needed two additional teenagers just to help her move her legs. When the wrestlers fell to the mat, it took an adult to lift them up to their feet again.
Time and time again, the kids suited up and the matches continued.
Through this evening we watched them Sumo wrestle, sing karaoke, laugh and dance. It was refreshing to know that sixteen-year-olds are more interested in each other as a group then in pairing off alone in a corner. I thought back to our own kids and the many group dates that they went on.
After spending many hours with almost thirty young people, I am thoroughly convinced that their generation has the right attitude. You can have a good time, act a little crazy and enjoy the party without drugs, alcohol or even wild behavior.
There is hope for this world. Perhaps we ought to send the Sumo costumes to Washington and let the adults battle it out on the mat. I wonder if they would help each other get back on their feet again?