I live in a small town, my son (7) has 10 kids in his class. One of them, his 'best' friend, lives 2 doors down which is amazing, since every other kid lives at least 10 minutes away on tiny dirt roads... anyway, (we're broke) my son, for his birthday took his BF and his Best friend who's a girl out for dinner and to a movie in the 'big' city, 30 miles away. Anyway, apparently the 'best' friend is having a birthday party this weekend and DS didn't get an invite. So I called the mom, to see if it'd been a mistake, or if DS had lost the invitation and was surprised to hear that No, DS was NOT invited. Apparently a few weeks ago, DS had been sticking his tongue out at this little boy (DS says he was being a chameleon), and this little boy got his feelings hurt, and now DS is not invited to his party. I was polite to the mom, who said "I don't know why he won't invite him, but it's his birthday, and I have to do what he wants'... well, that's not how I parent. DS does what I tell him to, and I'd MAKE him invite this neighbor boy, even if they were arguing... but now I am so hurt (on DS's behalf) and angry that my kid is in this situation. I just want to move, or burn down the whole town. it just seems so mean. DS is a good kid. He's a little hyperactive, but he's not mean, and he's been invited to ONE birthday party all year. I think that people here are just dumb, and backwards, and generally I wish I lived somewhere else. it's pretty here, but the people are crap.