Last night I bawled my eyes out because I felt like I have failed at creating good memories for my children. Is that moronic or what?
Let me back up a bit…
We have made decorations but have failed to put them up because Mom couldn’t find the stuff to hang them. Grandma even bought us a spool of invisible thread this past week and I could not for the life of me figure out where it went. I found it, as I was scurrying around doing the costume thing. So as of this morning, the decorations are still laying on the table.
I have gone back and forth and back and forth on how to put the light in The Professor’s Halloween costume. This saga started about a month ago in Extreme Geekdom, Iron Man Style. When the pocket idea came up, of course I waited until the last minute to sit down and start sewing. The idea was simple-just sew a little pocket into the inside of the costume. I decided to sew a little pillowcase type thing. The only material I had was left over from my daughter’s cape last year, which was fine. I spent a good portion of the afternoon hunched over sewing this cute little black pocket:
One thing that I forgot to do before I started on this venture was to see if the light would actually shine through the material. My son came home about the time I discovered that it, in fact, did not. The bad thing about this is that the library Halloween party was tonight, and his parent-teacher conference was at 4:30. Therefore I had very little time to remedy this. After I got both kids their snacks I sat down and tried to think quickly. I came up with cutting out the front part of the pocket so the light could go through. That works, right? Not so much. I finally put the light in a ziploc bag, and pulled the material around it and then sewed the whole dang thing together to the costume. He thought it was awesome.
Then off to his conference. Then back. A quick supper. Then it got REALLY interesting. There were three parties, one for Pre-K, then for K-2nd Grade, and then the big kids. So I would have to take one child up and have my husband bring the other up a half hour later. This would not be a huge deal except that when I went out to start my car the battery was dead. The drivers side door appeared shut but it wasn’t quite. We live not too far from the library, but we were already running late. So I stuck my head inside, told my husband what happened, that I would take his car, would be back for the Professor around 6:30, and took off with Princess Gimme.
Now here is where I choose my words very carefully, lest I offend anyone. I love our library, I think they do a great job with their kids story times and have a wonderful selection of books for such a small town. But this years’ party was, well, short. VERY short. Like one game and it was over short. The costumes were cute. The kids were cute. But that’s all it was. I’m sure there was a reason. I know we went a few years ago and it was much longer and there were lots of different games. We’ve missed the last two years due to other stuff going on. So it was over and done in twenty minutes. And then they took the older kids, ahead of schedule. I being the one parent who as usual missed the boat, did not have my older child with me since he was still eating dinner.
I jumped in the car with my daughter, drove home, ran into the house to grab my son and no one was there. Not a soul. Not even the dog. This means that my husband had to walk on his injured foot to take my son up there. Meanwhile, my daughter had already removed her shoes and was starting to eat her tootsie pop. I made her throw them back on, and we sped back to the library. There sat my husband with the dog. How we missed each other I’ll never know.
I made him take the car and the Princess, and I went in to meet up with my son, who incidentally had already forgotten that his costume lit up. I walked up to him, and pushed his chest to turn it on. All of the kids went nuts-they thought it was the coolest thing they had ever seen. The Professor, meanwhile, did not realize what I had done until about ten minutes after I turned it on (not sure what he thought all of his friends were raving about!) He happened to look down later, see the arc reactor lit, and had a cow, “HEY IT WORKS! IT WORKS”
They played the same game that the preschoolers had played. And then that was it. Luckily, The Professor did not know what to expect, so he was very pleased. We walked home, which took twice as long as it should have because he is distracted by streetlights that turn on and off by themselves. He had to stop and ask questions each time we encountered one. When we finally arrived home I gave him very specific instructions on what he needed to do. He ended up taking the costume off, losing the hanger, and managed to take the light out and pull the pocket almost completely off.
This was when my head exploded due to all the work I had put in, my aching back, the scurrying around, the miscommunication with my husband, and the dead battery. And oh yes, I got a call this evening to bring paper plates and napkins for The Professor’s school party in there somewhere in between the party and the pocket incident. I will have money to get them tomorrow, but no way to go get them or get them to the school. Therefore it will be plain paper plates and napkins instead of fun Halloween ones sent in my son’s backpack. I feel so very, very bad about that. There was just sort of an explosion of emotions from all of us. I went upstairs, closed the door, and just had a nice little cry by myself.
After that well deserved cry I felt better, and talked to my son about his costume. I have theorized that the pocket coming out was an accident when he took the costume off, because I’m sure he just stripped it off and tossed it. I’ll never really know, because all I saw was him holding the light two inches from his face, walking into the living room (it wasn’t on, because then he would be blind-that thing is BRIGHT!) Even though my husband swore up and down that his costume would not be fixed, I think I can fix it pretty easily. Memories, dammit, we’re gonna make some great memories-because I’m the Mom and I say so. Tonight is Trick or Treating. Hopefully that will go much more smoothly. And dammit, I’m going to have a Coke today. Because I deserve it. That will make everything go better.
And the car battery? Oh it’s terminal, which I think is a pretty funny joke if you ask me. Get it?