eight-year-old is going to be a nine-year-old next week, we are hosting
Tigger’s Fantasmic Birthday Blast Sleepover here on Saturday night.
Because I am not religious, I can’t even cross myself. Somebody please do it for me.
No wait, on second thought, don’t. A
new study, reported today, attempted to determine whether having people
pray for you when you undergo coronary-bypass surgery improves your
The patients in the study were divided into three groups.
- This group had strangers praying for them, and they were told that was the case.
- This group received prayers, but they were told they weren’t getting any.
- This group got no prayers and were not told whether they were getting them or not.
The results: Patients in Group 1 had significantly more complications than those in groups 2 and 3. (There was no difference in how groups 2 and 3 fared.)
Hence, praying for other people does not improve their health, and if they KNOW you are praying for them, they do worse.
So, while I would appreciate your blessing over the sleepover, please don’t tell me about it.
In case anyone was wondering what shape of piñata I got for the revelers to smash, it’s a star. I couldn’t get anything cute, because of Ralphie.
See, years ago I was a special ed teacher. One of my classroom aides brought in a piñata for the kids to whack at our, ahem, Winter Holiday Party. It was an adorable snowman.
That snowman proved to be pretty tough. My students hit it and hit it, but it wouldn’t break. The three adults in the room hit it too. No luck. Finally we put it on the ground and beat it until at last it broke open.
Although he’d been
whaling on that snowman with the rest of them, Ralphie, a mostly
non-verbal little boy with Down Syndrome, burst into tears. He grieved that snowman, and wouldn’t even eat any of the candy.
So I figure the sweet little girls coming to the sleepover would balk at smashing a cute animal with a baseball bat. The star, on the other hand, will be shown no mercy.
Other party plans
include dancing, watching movies, playing with make up, and consuming
large quantities of snack foods until the wee hours of the morning.
Don’t worry about me and Technogeek. Just send along some discreet prayers. Very discreet.