My mother, meanwhile, has spent hours thinking up and then sewing a perfectly amazing sunflower outfit for me. My brown school shoes are the ground, my green turtleneck and tights are my stem, and she has spent hours with felt and yarn to make me leaves and a sunflower head. I am a complete ingrate because I want to be a polyester princess, but I pose in the backyard anyway.
Off we go to school, and at role-call time, our teacher decides that when she calls our names, instead of saying “Here!” we should instead make the noise of whatever we are for Halloween.
At this point, let me remind you that I am a sunflower. The last thing I remember is panic setting in as I realize I am about to be marked Absent because sunflowers do not make a noise. I’m sure some of my present-day character flaws can be traced back to this exact moment in time. It definitely explains why I was so incredibly tolerant when the teenager decided at various points in her life to be Batgirl, Supergirl, a belly dancer and Ke$ha.
This concludes my Halloween trip down memory lane, except to say I’m sure I could have been completely consoled by a dinner of Hot Dog Mummies. These quick and festive characters are made by cutting cresent roll or breadstick dough (yes, the kind that comes in the can…we have a busy schedule on Halloween!) into 1/4 inch strips, winding the strips around hot dogs, baking them for about 10 minutes until the dough is golden, dotting the tops of the mummies with some mustard eyes, and handing them out. No forks or even plates necessary!
And with that, the only thing I have left to say is Happy Halloween to All! (And an incredibly belated thank you…really!…to my creative mother!)