This week is red ribbon/spirit week. It’s the week when the kids at elementary and middle school wear themed clothes every day. In case you didn’t know, wearing a sports team jersey, dressing like a nerd and having a wacky hairdo are all ways to keep your kids off of drugs! It’s true! Because that’s what red ribbon week is all about. Keeping kids off drugs. And what better way to arm kids to just say no than to dress them in themed attire?
So instead of “having dinner with your kids at the table” day, or “playing a game with the whole family” day (you know, things that might actually help a parent/child relationship), I get to spend my week scrounging around at the last minute trying to find four pairs of “crazy” socks.
Because it’s not enough that this is the week before Halloween. The week when I will be finishing up six costumes (actually only five since York will be a robber and his costume is black clothes. But I’ll bet $20 that ten minutes before we go trick or treating he will not be able to find his black pants.) Plus it’s the Fall Fest at school which means volunteering to serve food/run a carnival game. And provide goods for the bake sale. And I have two Segullah pieces this weekend (any ideas for something Halloween themed? Because I’m clueless. Last year I wrote something–great, in my opinion–about candy. What more is there to say about Halloween than that?) Oh yes, visiting teaching this week too.
Really, why wouldn’t I want to dig through my kids drawers to find red clothes for them to wear? (get it, red ribbon week? Hence the red clothes. (Although I thought red ribbons were for AIDS. But what do I know?)
The red ribbon stuff is going to be the thing that breaks this camel’s back. I can tell already.