Her birthday was on Sunday. Her only request for anything resembling a party was to have cupcakes in her class. "Easy!" was my thought. Birthdays are celebrated on Wednesdays (the last day of our week). It wasn't until the morning of her actual birthday that she was even willing to acknowledge that her birthday was any day other than when the party would be.
Tuesday afternoon she had a fever. We don't go to school with a fever. The rule, which we follow, is fever free for 24 hours (without medicine) before you return. No matter what the next 16 hours held she would not be at school on her party day.
I broke the news to her gently, with good news and bad news. The good news was that instead of a short 'movie' on Wednesday she could watch an entire movie. The bad news being that she wasn't going to be able to go to school. She instantly asked about her cupcakes and party. I told her I would email her teacher.
Wednesday dawned and her fever broke in the night leaving me at home with a fully raring to go four year old. She asked about her cupcakes at one point. I told her she could pick - cupcakes at home that day or at school on a different day. She chose at home, but I wasn't sure she realized the full ramifications of her decision so I put her off.
We revisited the issue a couple more times throughout the morning. After rest time I could tell she had really thought about it when she told me she wanted to make cupcakes. When I asked her if she was sure she explained to me that if she waited until Saturday it would be June and her birthday is in May so we needed to have them today.