Friday, June 05, 2009

Blog Your Blessings: My Zombie

This week's blessing is my beloved little zombie--my daughter, Adella. She sang and danced and read a few lines in the fifth grade musical this week. Her music teacher had written an original score celebrating the music of the 80s, so the production naturally included a rendition of that unnatural dude's "Thriller."

If you're going to dance like a zombie, you have to dress like one, too. Two days before the show I heard from the little voice in the backseat that a zombie costumer was needed. Two as in slightly more than one because the first version of the story was that the costume had to be ready the next day. So it was a mad dash--a frenetic scrounging--to get the stuff together to turn my healthy girl into a days-old dead thing back from the crypt.

"Two days' notice can't be right," as I hot glued torn strips of muslin to my daughter's white T-shirt and shorts. It wasn't adding up. "Don't tell the social worker I hot glued you into this thing; I could never explain it," was all I said, though. I glued her in so well she couldn't get out. "Sleep in it," I suggested. And then I cut her out for the night.

She was quite the dancing zombie the night of the musical. She was also the only kid dressed like a zombie. This pressing need was quite a private affair. 

Either the other parents don't succumb to pressure the way I do (I grew up in a household in which doing what you were told was the cardinal virtue.), or my daughter was bent on doing the zombie thing right. Or both. And that's very cool in my book. Amen.

34 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

It sounds and looks (from the grin on her face) that both Mother and Daugher did well for this project.

It was great you got two days notice. I used to always tell my Mother the morning of the affair.

PERBS said...

AND that's called a Mother's love. . . Ü

Annie said...

Oh that little Adelle. I'll bet she was the envy of all the kids there. Waaayyyy cool, mom.

Susan at Stony River said...

She's the loveliest zombie I've ever seen. I like her style: my grandmother always told me that if I was going to do something, then do it right or not at all. I know the feeling, having sat up a few nights with the sewing machine for some play or production! It's maddening until you see them in it, on stage, then, wow.

Mojo said...

You clearly had the coolest dancing zombie at the gig. And she very clearly has the coolest mom in Connecticut!

Lin said...

she's a darling zombie-if there's such a thing...and you are a super costume maker-don't let that out or you could be very busy...

Georgie K. Buttons said...

Cool idea! She can even use it for Halloween if she wants.

Ebb Tide said...

You daughter is a zazzy & dazzling zombie. When my daughter was a little girl, I loved sewing many of her school costumes. One time she was Betsy Ross, Puritan, Indian, Raggedy Ann, etc but never a zombie. Now, she would dare be a zombie.

fishing guy said...

Sandy: Very nice job of taking cre of your daughter in such a motherly fachion. It is a good thing you didn't call the teacher and tell her you were unhappy it was such short notice.

Paul said...

great job with the Zombie costume and being supermom! Well done my Dear Friend!

Tammie Lee said...

Adella is the cutest little zombie I have ever seen. How wonderful that you got it together with so little notice, life can be that way.

Yolanda said...

You my friend are on of my blessings. Have a lovely weekend. I love the bird photo in the previous post.

diane said...

Ah! I see kids haven't changed. Been there, done that. You did a great job in such short notice.
Thanks for the comment on my blog.

Luke Wiley said...

a musical sounds fun!

Maggie May said...

This is exactly the same kind of thing that happens over here. Not enough notice,lots of rushing and no one else bothers.

Your little girl was too pretty to be a zombie!
Had to laugh at you gluing her in!

anthonynorth said...

Well, my wife and I brought up 7 kids. Things like this can send you crazy, but you always get there.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Never did a Zombie look so pretty... sounds like fun was had by all... :O)

Thanks for stopping by and saying such nice things about my posts Sandy...
Tom
My blogs: Wiggers World and Pictures & Words

Sue said...

D'awwwww what an adorable zombie!! :)

Lloyd Irving Bradbury said...

Bad week
lost car wife lost job personal plumming not working wife in jail
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Lisa at Greenbow said...

I bet she felt as good as she looks in her costume. She probably just had the inspiration right before she told you. Ha... Her mother is quite the blessing for her too.

barb said...

Awesome Zombie, Adella! Very cool costume, Mom! Perhas you missed your calling as a Wardrobe Designer?

maryt/theteach said...

See, Sandy, how many times have I told you you're a good mother? :)

Meg Wolff said...

Hi Sandy,
Thank God for glue guns. She looks teriffic (and happy!), what a cutie.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

shes adorable it sounds like alot of fun and my kids are and were the worst about waiting till the day before to let me know somethign they knew for weeks.. :)

Sue said...

a very cute zombie. Would that more children (and adults) wanted to do things right! Way to go.

the donG said...

I glued her in so well she couldn't get out. >>> hahaha... that's cute. i can imagine myself laughing if i was there.

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

...as long as she didn't take it TOO far and start snackin' on people's brains! To echo my Sue here though, she does make a mighty cute zombie!

terri said...

I think we've all been subjected to those last minute requests at one time or another. Like you, I end up scrambling to do whatever it is that is needed. You did a great job with the costume, and I hope Adella won't be too disappointed that I don't think she looks very threatening. She's quite an adorable zombie!

colleen said...

This made me smile, imaging her sleeping in her zombie costume. I wish I could have seen her dance.

lisaschaos said...

She looks like a friendly zombie at least!

Nessa said...

She's adorable. And passion is an excellent thing to have.

Happily Retired Gal said...

She's a beautiful Zombie and you're a marvelous mom ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Tipper said...

She makes a beautiful zombie-if there is such a thing : ) As a parent I'm all to familiar with those last minute school requests.

stev said...

super sweet. keke.

thriller eh? =)