My son was recently invited to a birthday party.
The invitation stated conditions. Not merely the date, time and place – but also that it was a Nerf Gun party and everyone had to be in army camouflage.
Well, an 8 year old wants to oblige, so we had to have a panic trip to the shops to get camouflage trousers.
After an hour in a major mall, we managed to source camouflage trousers. He was delighted; he wanted to fit in.
I dropped him off at the softplay centre for the party. he was the only one who had bothered about the camouflage theme. Seriously.
As I drove away, it occurred to me that I was worried about my son not fitting in, that he would stand out because he was in camouflage.
Then I realised how preposterous / ironic that was.