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Friday, October 29, 2010

I Hope the Vice-Principal Doesn't Turn To Stone

Today the Tongginator will don her Halloween costume and parade before the entire school. Faculty and staff will see her. Other students, from fifth grade through kindergarten, will see her. Parents will see her. Basically EVERYONE will see her.

And she? She will be dressed as Medusa.

Medusa, y'all.

Please don't ask me why. Because I don't really understand it myself. She saw the costume in a catalog last year and asked me about it. Our conversation back then went something like this...

TONGGU MOMMA: Oh, that's Medusa. She's in a big kid story. Let's look at the costumes on the next page.

As I tried to turn the page of the catalog, the Tongginator firmly placed her hand over mine to prevent me from skipping ahead.

TONGGINATOR: Are those... SNAKES... on her head?

TONGGU MOMMA: Yep.

TONGGINATOR: But what's the big kid story about, Momma? Is it scary?

TONGGU MOMMA: Yes, it's a scary story, Tongginator, and no, Momma doesn't know much about it. The only thing I know is that Medusa can turn men and boys into stone statues just by looking at them.

Yes, y'all, I? Am an idiot.

Because that was all it took. I refused to allow it last year, seeing as how I couldn't bear being THAT mom. You know, the mom of the kindergartner Medusa. So last year she dressed up as a princess. But - after a year of begging - guess who will be Medusa this weekend?

Help me feel better, y'all. Share a costume story. Any story. One that embarrassed you. Or your momma. Whatever you've got. Something tells me I'm gonna need it this afternoon. That's when the school parade happens.

And my six-year-old?

Will be dressed as Medusa.

I only hope she doesn't throw a fit when she realizes that she can't turn the boys in class to stone.

29 comments:

Cedar said...

I don't understand your worry. What is wrong with Medusa? We made Medusa hats at my son's 9th birthday party (themed "The Lightening Thief--book). My son was a nice pirate when he was five, a trapezoid when he was 4, and a skeleton King when he was 6. My other son, now 6, informed me he is going to be Vaugnt? from Zelda this year. All I know is he wears black and has a white mask. My two year old is going to be an adorable Elmo.

Natalie said...

Better to be Medusa than the latest bare-midriff, crude lyrics pop sensation! I think Tongginator has spunk and individuality!

Kim K. said...

Do you know how much I love Medusa??? Oh...please promise me that you'll post some pics. I can't wait. Happy Halloween!

Joan said...

There was a girl in our school dressed as Medusa this year... I loved her bracelets, plastic snakes. It was wonderful and a nice change from all the Toy Story selections.

:-)

Aus said...

Medusa - one of my fav Greek characters - cool choice - hope the disappointment isn't too great for her! Marie will be Mary (as in Mary had a little lamb) and our dog peaches will be the lamb - and about half way through our walk the dog will go home and "Mary" will spend the rest of the evening looking for it - all the kids think that's a hoot!

hugs - aus and co.

Jamey... said...

Hmmm, I have a picture of Peanut in a skunk costume with breastfeeding him....

Elizabeth@Romans8:15 said...

Okay, when I was growing up, we had Hallelujah night at our church as an alternative to Halloween. You were supposed to be a Bible character. We did not plan ahead and at the last minute, my mom put me in her robe (a satiny, kimono type thing) and called me Whosoever. True Story.

My younger son is currently doing an ambulatory EEG at home and his head is covered in gauze with wires coming out. We are calling him the Robot Mummy.

Dawn said...

Pictures... please! LOL It could be worse - she could be dressed as one of the latest pop stars.

Wendy said...

Oh, if the Medusa from the Chasing Fireflies catalog...well, that is a super adorable costume. I actually TRIED to get my six year old to wear it, but she wanted to be the first Asian Alice in Wonderland. Which is fine, I guess, because I get to be the Johnny Depp version of the Mad Hatter.

My younger daughter Becky was Judge Lance Ito (of OJ Simpson trial fame) when she was four. Hard to beat that for classy, but she did look adorable with a wooden meat tenderizer as a gavel. I even think I posted photos on my blog once.

Football and Fried Rice said...

Oh my!! Your girl is so animated and hilarious. Really ;)

My sons are wearing t shirts with big P's on them.

And their eyes will be blackened.

Good times.

prechrswife said...

She's definitely an individual. :-) My kids (this year) are still at the point where I can pick their costumes, although MJ and K will probably get some input into theirs for next year. This year they are going as cowgirls/boys. They have been all about cowboys for a couple of years now. They know they are dressing as cowgirls. So, at church on Wednesday, one of the big kids asked MJ, "What are you going to dress up as?" She said, "A princess!" Well, all I can say is she'll have to be a cowgirl princess...

Christine said...

Get OUT!

Well, can you guess what I'll be doing with all of that green material I posted a pic of yesterday ... and green face paint ... and wires in my dreads?!?!?

GET OUT!

I'm also trying to figure out how to make my husband look remotely like Mick Jagger. Cause he looked at me and ... get it ... he turned into a Rolling Stone. ;)

I'm so laughing that the T and I will be the same thing. I LOVE HER!

pickel said...

Gus is a cheeseburger...because it is all he wants to eat (that and mac and cheese) and cheese, and cheese.
He chose it. Can you tell?

autumnesf said...

Oh it could be worse. Last year MM was a pumpkin - this year a ladybug. Oh so boring.

I'd LOVE it if she was Medusa!!! (which is actually a very popular costume this year it appears)

bbmomof2boys said...

no funny stories about halloween - just imagining T giving "someone" a stare thinking they will turn to stone! Watch out TM! She might don the costume when she's mad at you and turn YOU to stone!

Hugs,
Carla

Myrnie said...

As we speak, Ernie is dressing up as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I'd love to see a picture of a pint-sized Medusa :) I think that's better than some of the gruesome costumes out there, covered in gore and whatnot!

Kate said...

TM!!!

I think it is a fabulous, thinking outside the box...and well...turn boys to stone costume!!!

I applaud that creative, be your own person costume choice...and the relenting of her equally fabulous mother!!!

Kate

Cavatica said...

I think it's brilliant! BB refused to dress up... again. I wore her panda hat to work, because I have spirit!

AwesomeCloud and family said...

My son has rejected both of his cute legitimate Halloween costumes. We're going to try the spider again at the last minute, because he wore it last year, but this year his refusal carries much more weight. My plan C is to dress him in his green shirt, stick adhesive felt leaves on his clothes, and call him a tree.

I want to plan ahead next year so we won't have to go through all this again, but his aversions keep changing! Am I doomed to make 3+ costumes every year and hope that he'll tolerate one?

Beach Mama said...

Maybe she can go trick or treating with Godzilla who is going as Poseidon (Greek god of the seas) in his human form. Picture Jimmy Buffett carrying a trident.

You girl has style. I wanted to be Medusa this year too. Only because my long, curly hair often looks like snakes coming out of my head by the end of the day.

Oh, and by the way. I was THAT mom when Godzilla was in Kindergarten. He went as "Space Godzilla" in a home-made costume. He was giving everyone the Godzilla "angry face." He also used that tactic on the soccer field...

I love being THAT mom of Godzilla!

Kristi said...

So now I'm waiting to hear 'the story after the story!'

Debbie said...

I absolutely love the fact that she is a mythical character and not a Disney princess! You go, Tongginator! She is one cool kid.

Special K said...

I think it's awesome for her to think outside the box. I'd love to see a unique and original costume like that. Hint hint...photo perhaps?

happygeek said...

My son went as himself when he was three. He refused to wear his pirate costume. "I not a pirate, I K." Over and over again.
And the first time I trick or treated I "watered" the doorstep of one of the homes I was trick or treating at. Medusa? No problem at all.

The Byrd's Nest said...

I love it that she thinks independently and is not afraid to express herself. The other side of the fence would be Lottie who simply wore a Cinderella dress to a fall festival here and worried about what people thought of her the entire time! I think your sweet girl has extremely healthy self esteem!!!

Sharie said...

My sister has photos of her daughter's Halloween parade on facebook. There was a Medusa there too:)

Anonymous said...

Your daughter rocks! I love reading about her on your blog. :) Your stories keep me rolling and remind me that as parents we are all in this together!
April from Georgia

Patty O. said...

I think this is great. I can't think of a story to make you feel better, but I don't think Medusa is any worse than vampires or zombies. But it IS way more creative!

Monica said...

Reese went as a vampire. LOL. She's wanted to be a vampire for months, so she's quite thrilled with her costume.

Monica
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