The Little Pilgrim Costume That Could
November 17, 2011 § 7 Comments
An email went out a few weeks ago from my daughter’s first grade teacher about “Pilgrim Day” explaining that the children would need to come to school dressed as pilgrims.
Great. I could do that.
Organized mother that I am (hahahahahahaha), I wrote the date down on my master calender thingy, and planned to make her pilgrim costume sometime the week of. When the night before Pilgrim Day arrived I, of course, had done nothing.
No biggie. I’m a resourceful person and headed to the Sewing and Crafts section of WalMart. By 11:30 that night, I’d whipped up a pilgrim girl costume – albeit rather homemade looking – that would work. When I put it on my six-year-old the next morning, complete with construction paper bonnet and pigtail pilgrim braids, she looked adorable.
When I walked her into school the next morning, we saw this.
I stared at my daughter in her recycled flannelgraph dress, reinforced on the underside with duct tape, and over-sized apron. She handed me her construction paper bonnet.
“I don’t think I want to wear this all day.”
“That’s fine,” I said, taking it from her.
She hugged me, scampered into class, smiling, uninhibited by her ridiculous mother, and I took a lesson from her attitude. If she doesn’t care, neither should I.
We’ve moved to this new school and the mothers always look super-cute and put together all the time. They’ve got boots and dangly earrings and they buy their pilgrim costumes from fancy places.
But she’s happy and when I picked her up after school, she didn’t want to take her costume off.
I have so much to be thankful for.
Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and your pilgrim costumes hold up. Or something.