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At the birthday party, Sparkle displayed some of her new social skills.  She asked for a turn during some sharing time, colored along with every one during the craft T-shirt making, and sang during the Birthday Song.

At present opening time, all the little girls wanted to be Right.  Next.  To.  the Birthday Girl.  They crowded around, jostling Sparkle, seated in between the crowd and the Birthday Girl.  One sat in Sparkle's lap, as Sparkle was trying to eat a piece of pizza.  (This tiny little girl did this to everyone at some point in the party.)  Watching Sparkle juggle a girl and a piece of pizza, her eyes rolling was interesting.

After a bit, all of the yelling and elbows and jumping clearly was overwhelming Sparkle.  A tear ran down one cheek.  Just as I was about to intervene, Sparkle asked, "Excuse me, can I go to the bathroom?  I have to go."  She slid off her chair, and around the gaggle of girls who immediately took that space up in wiggles and giggles, and disappeared to the bathroom.  When she came out, Sparkle went downstairs to where the little brother and his friend were playing in relative quiet.

I am impressed by this, actually.  Sparkle was able to find a socially acceptable way to get HERSELF out of an overwhelming situation, without a meltdown, and go to a place to self-regulate.  She was able to rejoin the girls later.

An aside - "party cake" flavor ice cream has ribbons of blue and pink icing in it.  Seriously weird.

She did have an odd comment later, as moms were coming to pick up the kids from the party.  Sparkle told me she'd met a baby with "extra eyes."  There was a little sister, toddler sized, with glasses.  I thought it odd, because Sparkle knows many people with glasses, and the word glasses.  Why the little girl was perceived to have "extra" eyes is odd.  My darling husband theorizes that there may have been a high refraction in the very thick lenses that made a reflection of each eye, making "more" appear.

We stopped off at the library on the way home.  Sparkle said she wanted to get "a case," and headed over to the DVD section.  I asked her what she wanted, and she said, "I want 'James Goes Buzz-Buzz."  I told her if she could find it, she could check it out.  She read the sides of all of the DVDs, without looking at the pictures!  She did indeed find her video.

She waved at the officer stationed at the library, and ran the books and videos through the laser beam checkout.  On the way home, as we approached the light for the hospital, Sparkle reminded me "Don't forget to not go the wrong way."  I looked at her.  "The bridge is out.  We gots to go past my school to get home the other way."

The bridge is in fact out, and the long way home is long, and goes past a canoe livery.  Sparkle wants to go canoeing.  She says she has been a canoe at the Y.  I told her in the Spring, when the water isn't cold.  Sparkle also recognized the pumpkin patch she'd gone to on a school field trip, and wanted to know what would happen to all of the pumpkins left in the field.  Would they go to the Pumpkin King to make pumpkin food?
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