27 February 2013

Love it or hate it, World Book Day is here again....

For those of you who are not aware, on Thursday 7th March, Britain will be celebrating World Book Day.  Firstly, what the heck is World Book Day and secondly, when did we begin celebrating it?!

At the risk of sounding like a complete and utter kill-joy, I already hate it.  Why?  Certainly not because I have a hatred for books or dislike for celebrations, on the contrary!  But because yet again, the dreaded email arrived in my in-box last week: "please send your child to school, dressed as their favourite book character"....

If you're anything like me then your heart will also have sunk to the floor on reading a similar email.  I am not crafty, I have next to zero imagination and as you can tell, enthusiasm is distinctly lacking. Don't get me wrong, I admire those wonderful mums who create all manner of fabulous outfits, but I am not one of them.  Me?  I'm more likely to plump for a last-minute plea on Facebook, having buried my hand in the sand for the previous 2 weeks (you can read that post here!) or hunt around for a 'buy it now' costume on ebay which can be delivered in 24 hours!

Recognising my lack of creativity, about 2 years ago when this request for an outfit cropped up yet again, I decided that my children were old enough to come up with the ideas themselves and gather together the necessary items.  Here is what they came up with....


Can you guess who they are?

Yes they might look cute, but do you think they managed to pull it together themselves?  Of course not, who was I kidding?!  I forgot that I was a control-freak and would never able to leave them to their own devices!  Thankfully my eldest is now in Secondary School and will no longer be required to dress up, ever - phew!  But my other two are like chalk and cheese - one dislikes dressing up at all, preferring to blend into the background; the other one discards all of my 'easy' ideas as boring and unimaginative, wanting to be different from everyone else in an attempt to be noticed!

In protest, I am thinking of sending my children to school on Thursday 7th March, with this little note pinned about their person:

 
 
Do these dressing up days fill you with dread or do you enter into them with great gusto? If you fall into the category of 'crafty mum', please don't be waving your glue stick at me for being such a poor excuse of a mother, but instead take pity on me. I need help!
 

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24 comments:

  1. One of my daughters (who shall be nameless) has passed the problem on to me. In between fetching her children from school and her homecoming from work, I have to run up a red riding hood outfit! Only kidding - it's nice to be needed after all - if only for my trusty Bernina. Do these teachers have children themselves?? If so I hope they are similarly burdened.

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    1. Wish I had a mother like you ;)

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  2. I would feel EXACTLY the same way. Sometimes I think the school spends more time coming up with this crap than they do anything else. I totally love your note back to the school. BTW yopr kids are cute and it should be something the kids do - not the moms.

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    1. I couldn't agree more! Just wish the kids did it in school hours and not home ones ;)

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  3. Fortunately the dressing up for book day didn't seem to happen for my daughter, and my son want do it! Don't think that means I have escaped tho. I have done Egyptian, Greek and Victorian- twice for each! I don't mind as long as I get plenty of notice. But just before half term my son gave me precisely 8 minutes warning about a Victorian costume. Cue panic stations! :)

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    1. Sadly our doesn't offer a choice of either doing it or not :( I think that would be a much better solution. Cannot imagine the stress levels in this house if only 8 minutes warning was given - a lot of shouting I should imagine!

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  4. I'm not at this stage yet, but I'm full of "wonderful" craft ideas that never materialise!
    I think when the time comes I'll make sure their favourite book is The Water Babies. They can both go in a swimsuit & rubber ring!

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    1. Brilliant idea! I was thinking of The Invisible Man!

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  5. Even as a crafty mummy, this will still piss me off when my kids start school and we need to participate in these events. And I agree with Coffee Lady this should be something the children do, at school!

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    1. Couldn't agree more Amanda! As a crafty mum, please send some vibes my way!

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  6. Think I've just read my own words written in your blog except I haven't written them down & this is my first year. Please send all your previous years outfits my way! Pretty please!

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    1. Writing them down certainly helped alleviate the pent up frustration but I'm no further with a costume!

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  7. I work in a school .. It's stressful ..!

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  8. I asked my son what he wanted to go as (last year he went as a owl as he loved owl babies) this year he said batman that's easy we have the suit already! last year loved it as he was in reception so everything was new and exciting!

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    1. By year 6, things begin to take their toll Sara ;) Love it that he wants to go as Batman - lucky you!

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  9. I see Dorothy, I think I see Indiana Jones, however I can't get the other one and it is REALLY bugging typist??! Can I ask who it is? And point out the costume is brilliant, my typist is not!!!

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    1. Well guessed! The other one is Matilda...not surprised you couldn't get that!

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  10. Yep I dread it. Big man only ever wants to dress as a pirate. Think we have got away with it this year - or I have missed the letter - best check that! Have you sorted it now? If not Ill get my thinking cap on for you x

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    1. Your boy could dress normally and carry a bucket of dinosaurs?

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    2. Not sorted anything Louise! Am hoping to re-group at the beginning of next week...I like your idea bt sadly I reckon he will think he is too old for that :(

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  11. Brilliant! I am tempted to stick that same note to my kids school bags and ignore it.. . Off to try eBay again. Grrr.

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    1. Can't ignore it forever! I wish they would just make it optional rather than compulsory. As they get older, they just don't want to join in with this kind of thing. Good luck!

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  12. I feel the same, it would seem though that you had a bit more notice than I did! Love their costumes from last year (def an Indiana Jones, Dorothy and is the other one Matilda?!) and am dreading when I have all 3 in school! Nice to know I am not the only parent who can't stand this day (or the many others that we have coming up - have to dress him as an Indian boy for their creative arts evening in a few weeks -help!)x

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    1. Yep, you guessed it right! There are just so many dressing up days, it becomes stressful. If it were just one per year, I wouldn't mind so much!

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