Luca and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Birthday

A tale of the worst birthday party ever — if you’ve had worse, my hat goes off.

My son, Luca, was turning thirteen. He stated in no uncertain terms he didn’t want a party — neither with friends nor family. Nada. Niente. Nicht.

My wife, who worried what posterity might say about why there was no evidence of the special event in the family photo album, decided that “no party” was not an option.

A week before the mid-March day, she asked Luca where he wanted to celebrate with his two siblings and parents.