I have a love-hate relationship with school dress-up days. While Pajama Day can be fun (who doesn’t love spending a whole day in flannels), other days, like Crazy Pants Day, can require a bit more planning, not to mention a glue gun.
My kids’ elementary school recently held 80’s Day. If you’re six-years-old, the eighties are ancient history, like the Beatles were to me when I was in Grade 1.
Vivian, ever the competitor, wanted to start working on her costume the day the notice came home. William, unaware of the upcoming change in school attire, was building his latest invention out of Lego.
I stalled Vivian for a few minutes with lifeless lines like, “Mommy’s busy” and “We’ll talk about this later.”
Eventually, we had the what-to-wear chat.
“How about some neon clothes?” I suggested.
Vivian looked at me, unimpressed.
I continued, “We could also put your hair in a high ponytail on the side of your head.”
Vivian glanced at her brother, who was now singing Don’t You Forget About Me while adding more pieces to his Moon-Beamer. Vivian looked back at me. “What else can we do?”
“What do you have in mind?” I asked.
“Can I bring a cane?” she asked.
I pondered this for a moment before asking for clarification:
“To show I’m old,” she explained.
And then, the light bulb appeared above my cartoon head. “80’s Day isn’t about your age,” I said.
“What’s it about, then?”
Explaining 1980’s fashion to a six-year-old is as easy as defining the phrase Gag Me with a Spoon to a second language learner.
For Vivian, here is your mother, in 80’s “Style.”
Assuming you survived (or ignored) these two minutes, please leave a comment below and tell me the following:
What makes 80’s style distinctive for you? What’s your favourite song?
Also, you can find me around the web in a couple of places today.
- My friend Clay is running March Movie Madness at his blog, Educlaytion, where he’s pitting different movies against each other to determine one ultimate winner. I’m backing The King’s Speech (a.k.a. The Firth). Go vote for it (click here) so I can advance to the Sweet Sixteen. If you want to check out the entire bracket, click here.
- I’m guest posting every Wednesday in March at SweetMama.ca. If you want to read about a bad St. Patrick’s Day tradition I started two years ago, click here.