difficult child's 16th birthday is right around the corner now. For months and months she has been talking about what kind of party she wants for her "Sweet Sixteen". At first, she was demanding an "MTV Style" mega-bash. Then she wanted a masquerade ball (we were supposed to rent out the fancy building downtown for this one!). Then she wanted us to send her and a bunch of her friends out of town for a "getaway weekend". Yeah, like any of those were gonna happen...! Then she toned it down a bit and started talking about a party at so-and-so's....or taking all of her friends out somewhere....or taking everybody to the movies...or....or...or.... So, husband and I gave difficult child a present. We gave her CASH. Enough to take friends out somewhere...or have a big party at home...or take everyone to the movies...or any number of nice things. So what has difficult child decided to do for her "Sweet Sixteen" ? Soup. Yep. She would like her Dad to make some home-made soup. She figures all the ingredients will cost about $6. Oh...and maybe add some cake mix...that should come to about $8. She isn't even talking about having anybody over cause she is worried that she'll have to spend more! As for the rest of the money? difficult child has taken herself to McDonald's...bought candy from the snack machines...got herself a few things at the store... I am just shaking my head. I guess it's different if difficult child has to pay for a party! Who knew? LOL!