My daughter, predictably, demands that her project should be the best in class (she is well on her way to being a competitive Tam Brahm!). And so it is that I find myself moaning and groaning over art paper and craft scissors, and racking my brains to do something that is simple, yet looks like it took an incredible amount of effort. Last week we were informed that the kids were to have a fancy-dress competition in school, based on storybook characters. I was happy – yes! – I already had a pair of fairy wings and a wand, so she could go as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. But my daughter had other plans – after all, why should she make it easy for her mom? She wanted to go as the third little pig, the ‘clever’ one who builds his house of bricks, not the ‘bhondu’ pigs.
Well besides teaching her to say ‘oink, oink’ and wriggle her nose, I really did not know how to conjure up a costume out of thin air. So I did what I do best – Google – and found a costume shop close to my house which supplied the needful on hire at a reasonable cost. Then I had to face the remarks of some moms – ‘you’re hiring your costume?”, “you are supposed to make it at home, na?”.
I did feel guilty for some time but only till I found out that other moms who were not hiring ready-made costumes from shops, were getting them custom-made by tailors! Phew! And I must mention that I have already had a couple of frantic calls this week – moms asking for the number and address of the costume shop! So I don’t feel too guilty anymore! But really, I thought that once I was an adult, I could save my creativity for my job and for keeping my daughter entertained at home.
It seems now that I will have to find the time and the creative resources to work on school projects all over again. And this time around, there is so much more at stake – it’s not just about my grades anymore, but about the look of disappointment in my child’s eyes at realising that her mom is not SuperMom after all! Ok, enough of the ranting – I’d better get back to her next project – the letter ‘I’.
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