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Subject: Re: Value of College Date: 2/10/2013 1:40 PM
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C. had a "Tiny Chef" party for her newly five year old last weekend. They show up with all the ingredients and the little ones all get to make their own lunch (Pizza). The two ladies even clean up the kitchen after. She has booked the girl's dance school for a "Princess Party" for the little (3 in April) one's birthday. Meanwhile Banker lady had a "Mad Scientist" party for the 9 year old in December and has booked a "Laser Tag" party for the 7 year old to be next week. I wonder if this is a lot of people starting a small business that doesn't require a whole lot of up front capital? Of course some of it is existing small business trying to bring in some extra cash flow from existing facilities.

All of these have objective: To make the entire event simple and "no work" for the parents--so they "get a break" also. Sure, there is work--but it is PAYING work for the businesses. Materials are generally inexpensive. The real "cost" is not money--it is *time*. 50 years ago, helping to make and decorate the cake for the party was fun for the kids too. And it began well before the party--picking the decorations, candles, etc. I.e. family involvement (at least mom and child) in the entire process leading up to the party itself. Today, not so. Everything is purchased, packaged, and delivered. The anticipation leading up to the big even is gone. And so is a part of learning that used to take place when people were children. Instant gratification instead of having to wait.
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