Ahh, World Book Day.
Those three little words that separate us mummies at the school gates quite like nothing else.
There is the camp of mummies that rustle up amazing costumes and deserve a book of their own for their effort to be fair. And then there’s the other camp. The one that I am lurking in. The one where the mummies aren’t so crafty. The one where the mummies skulk into the playground hiding their offspring in their shop bought costumes under their coat.
What can I say? I haven’t so much as sewn a button on anything in the whole of my adult life. I think the whole crafty sewing thing has just passed me by. When I was working a forty hour week with two children I could use work as my (lame) excuse of course but now, I really have no excuse. Other than I am just useless. Well, to be fair, I don’t even know that I’m useless because I have never attempted to make anything but I’m pretty certain I would make a pigs ear of it.
Of course, the worst offense of all is to go in a shop bought costume that isn’t even a book character. So last night when we were sorting through our dressing up box to see what my four year old could go as, our options were looking pretty slim. And yes, I do know that I have had weeks to do this but this is me, remember?!
But my gorgeous little genius of a four year old had a brainwave – she could go as the princess of The Princess and the Pea fame!
So we chose her very favourite (shop bought) princess dress and clever mummy fashioned a rather large pea using a half blown up balloon and sellotaped it to a bracelet. Inspired! And that really is about as crafty as I get!
(Oh, and I know World Book Day was yesterday not today, but for some reason our school were dressing up today instead. Probably in the hope of catching out disorganised parents like me! Imagine the added shame of not only having not gone to the effort of knitting a costume out of leftover tofu but also to get the wrong day..?!)