It’s spirit week this week in our part of the world. In case you’ve forgotten, or if your part of the world doesn’t participate in this oddity, spirit week is the week prior to homecoming. Students use this week to dress up in odd costumes to promote school spirit or, in our case, get out of wearing the dreaded school uniform for a week. And we are a family all about school spirit. Or at least about getting out of wearing the dreaded uniform. The Boy came out of his room this morning and asked what he could wear for today’s festivities. It seems that today is Circus day! Please keep in mind that he is asking at 7:10 and I am leaving in 20 minutes for work and he and his father are leaving in 30 minutes. His father’s immediate response was, “Well, since we don’t have an elephant costume, I have no idea.”
Note to all parents of small children who may have an upcoming spirit week in their future. Plan ahead. Make sure you have an elephant costume on hand for those occasions where you need to dress up for circus day.
Never let it be said that we are not creative people though. Cinderella and dh came up with the idea of him being a popcorn vendor. So The Boy went to school today in jeans and a t-shirt, with the cardboard carton from a case of water bottles strapped around his neck, filled with popcorn containers and leftover granola bars that no one in our house would eat. I suspect that the carton and it’s contents will soon be abandoned and he will be content just to roam the halls in “normal teenage boy” attire. And don't forget, one other plus to spirit week is a pep rally every day. That means an hour less of class work each day. Every 15 year old's dream.