Free Book Friday: The Big Conundrum


Can you tell she’s a fifth grader? How does she manage to have food in her mouth every time I take her picture?

Princess is having a birthday! Monday, but she knows how to spread out the birthday cheer over as many days as possible. She had her class birthday party yesterday (with cupcakes and the works), she’ll have a family birthday party on Monday, and a birthday party next Friday at home with her friends.

So yesterday, after 22 cupcakes vanished with blinding speed, I said, “Do you want to go ahead and come home with me now, or do you want to stay and ride the bus home?”

She had trouble making up her mind. While she was mulling it over, I said to the class–“Do you think she will come home with me now so she can get to her beloved TV faster, or do you think she will stay and ride the bus so she doesn’t have to cut short her social time?”

Even the class had trouble making up their minds. The vote was split.

What did she decide? One comment number will be selected from the correct guessers to win their autographed pick from my contemporary backlist!


  1. Angie T says:

    Even as much as mine loved their social time, at that age, when given a choice, they always left with me! 😉
    Maybe your little Princess is different, but I’m gonna say she left with you.

    And BTW…It’s FRIDAY!! :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy:
    (love the new smilies!!)

  2. Cheryl S. says:

    I’m thinking she rode home with you. My son’s a social butterfly too and he would pick riding home with mom to get to the tv and video games quicker.

  3. Jennifer Y. says:

    Hmmm…I think she went home with you.

    Happy Birthday to her!

  4. TeresaH says:

    I think she rode the bus

  5. principessa says:

    she rode the bus home with her friends.

  6. sharon says:

    She went home with you since it was a special day.

  7. ellie says:

    She rode the bus home.

  8. catslady says:

    Well since you took it to a vote to her friends, I am going to say the bus (peer pressure and all that). Of course my luck she’s an independent soul and thinks for herself lol. And Happy Birthday, Princess :elephant:

  9. Melissa says:

    I say she went with you. Love her Texas T-shirt.

  10. Minna says:

    I think she rode home with you.

  11. Karen B says:

    I’d say the bus! After taking the vote in class – wasn’t she embarressed?:oops: – she’d show her independence. At least that’s what my 3 sons would have done years ago.

  12. Maureen says:

    When my kids had the choice they always left with me. So I think she left.

  13. RobynL says:

    She went home with you.

  14. Jessica Raymond says:

    I’d guess that she got the bus. But I bet I’m wrong! 🙄

    Jess x

  15. Teresa Warner says:

    I think she went home with you, hope she has a happy B-day!:bananadance:

  16. Crystal B. says:

    I think she went home with you.

  17. pearl says:

    She decided to ride home with you.

  18. alissa says:

    She went home with you.

  19. Cryna says:

    I think that she decided to ride the bus, so as to be able to socialize still………Happy Birthday to her !!:elephant:

  20. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    I think Mom’s taxi won this round.:grin: Hey Princess, Happy Birthday.:shimmy: You’ll enjoy being 11. Have a great day and hugs to all.:wave:

  21. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I’ll guess the bus also

  22. Marty says:

    Stayed and rode the bus. Well, it’s what I would have done, so it’s worth a shot 🙂

  23. Danica/Dream says:

    She is getting so big!!

    I bet she rode home with you!

  24. Stefanie says:

    I also think she rode the bus. Happy birthday Princess!!!:heart:

  25. Susan says:

    I’m just taking a wild guess – she went home with you.:???:

    Happy birthday Princess!:shimmy:

  26. Shari C says:

    I think she rode the bus…that social time is very important when you are in school. At least I always thought so. Hope she has a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  27. KimW says:

    I think she went home with you.

  28. Tammy G. says:

    I think she went home with you. My girls never liked ridding the bus home.

  29. Laurie G says:

    It sounds like she was having a great time celebrating with her friends! So, I think she would have wanted to extend her time with her friends! She sacrificed her TV time and took the bus home. Happy Birthday!

  30. Ashley says:

    Happy Birthday!

    If it were my son, he’d come home with me. If it were my daughter, she’d probably tell me to stay until the end of the day and then she’d ride home with me. 🙂 So I’ll guess she headed home with you.

  31. Barbara W says:

    I bet she took the bus home to prolong the time with her friends.

  32. Joanne Schultz says:

    I think she’s rather socialize that be seen in the company of her mother(no offense intended!) so she took the bus.

  33. Liz Denler says:

    Happy Birthday Princess
    I think she rode the bus home:elephant: