Clara is in preschool.
She´s a pretty normal preschooler. She´s not much into "drama". At least, not the kind of drama I´m thinking of which stereotypes middle school girls. Whew!
But I had my own little bit of drama the two weeks before school got out.
The last day of school is one of those days for the classes to show off, dance a dance, etc. for the parents. I love that kind of stuff. And it got even better for me, because Clara´s school is apparently a little short on girls. Clara´s class was the one class which didn´t have a presentation planned. However, the 3-year-old class was short on girls, so they conscripted Clara to join them for their dance. And the kindergarten class was also short on girls, so a few kindergarten boys needed a partner for their graduation waltz.
Yes, the graduation waltz.
But back to my drama.
The three-year-old teacher has always struck me as a bit of a fussy woman. When she was explaining what the kids would have to wear for their costume, my fears were confirmed. They needed a white leotard and lace socks. A thick ribbon to wear in their lacquered ponytails. And a circle skirt. Made out of poliseda. With tulle--soft tulle--just peeking out from under the top layer.
Where was I going to find this very specific circle skirt?
Right. I needed to MAKE it. Of course.
Now, I could have taken the obvious, easy route and taken the material and Clara´s measurements to my friend Olga or any number of houses down the street that offer seamstress skills. That would have been the rational thing to do.
And so I made the skirt myself. Without a pattern. Without a sewing machine. Without even crying to Patty, "Help-I´ve-gotten-in-over-my-head-and-I´m-running-out-of-time-and-I-know-you-can-do-this-better-than-me!"
And the circle skirt was made. On time.
My real question is, why aren´t these skirts readily available in stores all over the country? Preschools and elementary schools in this country are OBSESSED with the musical, Grease, and I´m fairly confident that every Mexican child dons a ´50s-style costume at least once in their educational career.
Maybe I just missed them.
But I did learn that my sewing skills can rise up to that challenge.
And that´s probably why I took that challenge in the first place.