An eight-year-old child comes home from her arts camp on the second-to-last day and says to her mother, “Peggy says I need to wear jeans tomorrow.”
The mother, who knows that (a) the girl has no jeans and (b) the girl doesn’t like jeans, asks, “Why?”
The girl says, “Because I need them for my costume.”
Ah, yes, the last day of camp is filled with the performances and art shows the children have been preparing in the intense five-week session.
The mother offers to alter her own jeans skirt.
The girl refuses it. “Mama, my character is a man. So I can’t wear a skirt.”
The jeans make sense; now the mother remembers that the girl plays Frank, whoever he is, in Annie Get Your Gun.
So, mother and daughter head to the fabric store and buy stretchy, denim-like fabric (that’s not denim!), a “quick sew” pattern, and notions. We come home, eat dinner, and get through the evening activities, including girl’s bedtime.
And here’s a picture of the mother, at 10:30pm, about 12 hours before the curtain goes up.
Photograph is by girl’s father.