As a parent, I’m not a fan of those special school spirit days. Other than pajama day (which is easy to manage), I dislike being burdened with finding a sports jersey that fits my daughter, making her hair look crazy, mismatching her socks, or finding another child to be her twin for a day. It’s tedious and I find it a waste of my time since I’d much rather spend my time interacting with my child, not planning her outfit.
So, imagine my delight when I opened an email from Isabelle’s school yesterday at 4:00 p.m. that announced today was Read Aloud Across America Day. Kids were supposed to bring in a real-aloud book (I could handle that.) and, if they wished, wear an outfit to reflect on one of her favorite Dr. Seuss books. Here’s the thing: my child isn’t into Dr. Seuss’s books. So there was no way that I was going to encourage Isabelle to dress up as Thing 1, the Cat in the Hat, Red Fish, etc. However, I didn’t want Isabelle to feel left out of the fun. And if there’s a day I can get myself behind, then it’s a day to dress up like a book character.
As you may have figured (if you’ve read my posts about Purim), I’m not a costume person. However, I immediately had an idea. Isabelle was a pink crayon this past Halloween. What if she dressed up in her Halloween costume (A crayon dress I bought on Etsy.) and brought in The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. That’d be good, right?
Isabelle thought so. Therefore, this morning, she dressed up like a crayon and brought Daywalt’s book to school.
When she returned home from school, I inquired how the day was. (Fine.) Did she like the Dr. Seuss books? (She liked The Cat in the Hat.) Would she like to hear more Dr. Seuss books at home? (No.) Did she mind not being dressed up like a Dr. Seuss character? (No.)
I think I did fine — all things considered.
G-d help me the next time there’s a spirit day. I can handle a book-related day any time, but you know the next one will be something like time travel day… and I’m not equipped for that!