My son, who's in the second grade, has a school project: write a report on a famous person and then present it to the class. But here's the catch - he has to dress up like the person, and he has to do it this week. Not a lot of time to come up with a costume!
"Who did you pick?" I asked after he announced this little assignment.
Well, at least he was somebody we could find a lot of information about, and the costume shouldn't be too tough to handle - a suit, a top hat, and a beard. I started scrounging around the house to see what I could come up with. I found a suit, a sparkly gold top hat, brown felt, and black spray paint.
"Okay, Bubba," I said. "Here's the plan: You'll wear this suit. I'll make a beard with this felt, and you can tape it to your face. Then I'll spray paint this hat, and that'll be your top hat."
He looked at me like I was nuts. "Mama, I am not taping one of your felt creations to my face! And you had better not do anything with that gold hat! It's my special hat!"
"Okay," I said. "What if I just cover the the gold with black foamy stuff that can be removed?"
"Just go to the costume store and buy a top hat and beard."
The kid obviously has no confidence in my creative abilities!