Tuesday, October 19, 2010


The Girl, Social Observer

Last night The Wife and I were working on The Girl’s Halloween costume. She had planned to dress as Medusa, but we couldn’t get the hair right, so she’s going instead as Cleopatra.

The costume involves a dress that’s too long for her, so we were trying to figure out how to shorten it so she wouldn’t trip over it, while not making it look awful. Actual conversation fragment:

DD: Well, you could roll it up a little and sort of pin it on the sides...

TW: No, that would look terrible.

TG: Daddy, you have to think like a girl. What do girls like?

DD: Well, sometimes that’s hard to do.

TG: I know what boys like.


DD: Really?

TW: What do boys like?

TG: Well, little boys like Spiderman and legos and stuff like that.

TW: And what do big boys like?

TG: Teenage girls.

I laughed out loud.

I am sooooo not ready for the teen years...


BTW, if it helps, I recommend dissolving hem tape for such situations: you iron it on and it holds the hem until you wash it.
Think of all those teen fellas crowding around TG as cranky, self-aggrandizing faculty members who somehow have magically been stripped of their tenure, seniority, and union protections.

Then you will be able to speak to them as they ought to be spoken to.
You could hem the dress.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I am not good at crafts or sewing, so actually hemming the dress with a needle and thread was not an option. But I did buy hem tape (Thanks, Cherish!) and, although it took me a while, it worked beautifully. Thanks again!
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