Tammy Knickerbocker

Tammy Knickerbocker explains why her daughter's birthday cruise was a total bust.

on Dec 5, 2007

Obviously Megan's birthday cruise did not turn out as expected, but nothing really does when it comes to Megan. Lindsey and I originally only intended to do something really special for Megan because turning 21 is a huge milestone in one's life. In addition, her life has been (understandably) strained since the loss of her father this year, and we wanted to do whatever we could to make it a beautiful night for her and have a good time. Lindsey baked cupcakes for Megan along with her little brother Ryley. Lindsey and I also went shopping for three days trying to find twenty-one presents for Megan. We put them all in cute little bags with numbers. Megan had already had her night out at Johnny's, so the sunset cruise was intended to be just for Megan's close GIRLfriends to enjoy a nice girly "champagne and hors d'oeuvres party" while cruising in beautiful Newport Beach harbor. How it veered into the catastrophe that was portrayed began when Megan called me on the way over to the yacht and requested to bring two of her best male friends with her. She said if they could come it would mean a lot to her. I said "OK" with the understanding that that was it, just the two, and since I knew the boys in question, I assumed it would be fine. When Megan showed up, the two boys that I had agreed upon were with her. However, within a few minutes the two had somehow multiplied to include five more that were suddenly boarding. I was actually not supposed to be there (only to decorate the boat with Lindsey and then let Megan enjoy her night with friends) but when I saw the boys on board I told Megan that I was staying on board, but I would remain up top and out of her way. I was definitely very nervous, but it was only a two-hour cruise, so what could possibly happen?

I guess you all get the picture by now, it turned out to be a complete disaster, and I was very hurt and upset about what took place. I don't even know what to say. I know that Megan tried to stop the cake throwing to no avail, and things pretty much escalated into further ugliness at that point.