Health update: My fever now is during the day and evening. Otherwise, feeling no better or worse.
It’s rainy and grey here in Central PA today. I have just finished filling 60 treat bags to give out on Halloween, but haven’t gotten around to decorating the porch yet. I have a cute little ghost that appears to peek out from behind a tree/post/what-have-you, but when I got it in the mail I realized it needed screws to install – which is a huge no-no when you are renting someone’s house. So my neighbor and I are going to have to find another way to attach it – it’s so cute!
I don’t even have a jack-o-lantern to set out! Though, to be honest, I kind of hate carving pumpkins, as it is so messy and for some reason causes a rash on my hands and arms. So I am still looking for a fake jack-o-lantern that I can just stick a battery-operated candle in, set the timer and forget it. There are a few on the net but wow so expensive! Every year I tell myself I need to buy these things AFTER Halloween, when they are on sale, but every year I find my budget will not allow it.
Why not make some decorations? Hey, there’s an idea and NO, it’s not a good one.
I’ve never been good at arts and crafts. I would dread it when teachers would send home supply lists for making things in class, because I knew whatever project my teacher had in mind, I would inevitably botch it.
As I grew up and had kids, I tried to do Martha Stewart kinds of things, but could never pull it off (except for making and decorating cakes, I was pretty good at that). I was NEVER the mom who showed everyone how to make oh, I dunno, say…hats out of bits of material scraps, buttons, and glitter – I was the mom who would do/teach puppet shows, dress up like a giant bunny and show up at my kids’ school near Easter, make balloon animals, and for awhile could actually juggle.
I was never the “room mother” – that person who the teacher designates each year to organize school parties and so on. I was always the mom who was told to “just bring cups”.
I like to think there is a special “life review” for those mothers who essentially bullied the teacher into room mother status, and then subsequently ran around telling everyone how hard it is to be so busy (“I just CAN’T say no to Little Tiffany’s teacher – but with me teaching Sunday school, running Boy and Girl Scout troops, heading up the Neighborhood Garden Committee, and organizing the school carnival/reading program/lunchroom aides I just don’t have time for myself!”).
I am still mad just thinking about it!! And this was easily 25 years ago!!
This season brings to mind my foray into room mother territory, and the subsequent minor disaster that is my life.
The upshot: I got pulled aside and asked to never volunteer for the Halloween carnival again (held at my kids’ school, Farmington Elementary in Germantown, TN). Even though I raised quite a bit of money for them.
My crime? Not understanding what they wanted and assuming that they had a lot more tolerance than they actually had (which is to say, “none”). They wanted people to act as “gypsy fortune-tellers”. I swear, that’s ALL they told me. “Just show up at the school half an hour early and we’ll show you where to set up.”
So I did – with my tarot cards. In a long skirt with a bandana. Ok so what if it wasn’t really a costume, but actually the way I liked to normally dress?? I looked the part, didn’t I?
The lady in charge told me I was to go into one of the classrooms with my tent and…”Oh, you don’t HAVE a tent? But I’m SURE BettyLou TOLD you to bring one…why look how she’s set up, with a tent and a candle and everything…you sure she didn’t tell you?”
BettyLou had no intention of telling me any damn thing. Yes, elementary-school mothers really CAN be that petty.
So, having no tent or anything, I pulled a table over and sat down near the entrance to the room. Ms. Lady-in-Charge gives me a little fish. Yes, like this one:
Now, I actually think these are really cute, and hey they would make really great Halloween treats to give out, so I have included the link. No, I don’t work for them or anything, I just like novelties like this.