Displaced Stay At Home Californian in rural N. Carolina

The Many Faces of Joy

The Many Faces of Joy

Saturday, February 16, 2013


On Wednesday my youngest daughter had a "Good Manners Valentines Day Tea Party" in her classroom.  The kids were all supposed to come in their "Sunday Best" which to us means leggings and t shirts but here it means church dresses and ribbons and bows in their hair, shiny shoes and vests and clip on ties and sequins.  Getting dressed up can be a touchy subject at Casa McKeon because 1) we have always let our kids decide for themselves what they will wear,  2) getting dressed for some of us can test the patience of even the Saints themselves and 3) sometimes polka-dot  leggings and tube socks really do look good with last year's Christmas dress even if your Mom thinks it looks awful. 

When I was a kid, I went to church regularly.  I am sure many of you reading this have said the exact same sentence.  Anyway - I had an entire section of my closet that was church related.  For example, I had Sabbath shoes, Sabbath socks and even Sabbath underwear, you know the kind, white with little ruffles across the butt?  They were fabulous.  I had Sabbath tights, and even a Sabbath hat.  And while the thought of having to sit through an hour sermon was upsetting, the idea of getting to dress up like a little princess once a week was fun.  Just don't get any part of it dirty - or so help me God.

Anyway - back to the party at school.  The kids were going to eat lots and lots of sugary foods including Krispy Kreme donuts in the shape of hearts, dunkin donuts with pink frosting, pink cookies, lots of those chalky candy hearts that look so yummy but taste awful to anyone over 8, carrots and celery with pink ranch dip, crackers and cheese, black olives and mini pickles.  Mini Pickles?  

The highlight of the tea was when the boys approached a little girl and asked very politely if she wanted to dance and then they took each little girl by the hand and led her to the dance floor.  (insert Careless Whisper by George Michael here)  And then they very carefully placed one hand on the ladies waist and the other they took by the hand and they danced back and forth to love songs.  I was amazed because this is the stuff of books pre-1975 and moves of another era.  Who ever heard of dancing kindergartener's at public school???

But it was cute and I forgot my camera as I am famous for and noticed that the platter of celery and carrots had not been touched. But they cleaned out the mini pickles of all things.  Pickles!

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