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The Mermaid Tail

 
What do you do when your kid has something urgent due - tomorrow.
By Cath Jenkin

Pic: Shutterstock

Article originally in Parent24
As is the norm with school-going children, there’s almost always something parents forget to do. It could be a concert, a netball game or a request for charity money. I try, really hard, not to forget all the little bits and pieces that make up my child’s life but, sometimes, it’s just too much to cope with. I know that almost every parent reading that line feels that sometimes.

In doing my damnedest to not forget things though, I often skip over some rather important details.

So when my daughter came home from school with a note to say it was dress up day at school soon, we talked about it. I don’t have the budget or drive to hire a costume, and our dress up cupboard is overflowing with fairy wings and plastic tiaras. I decided we would make something together that could work just fine for school dress up day.

After we’d discussed it, she decided that she wanted to – of course! – be a mermaid. I beamed at the idea and pondered how on earth I would concoct a mermaid tail. Thinking of my dearest friend, Google, I agreed and then asked her the fateful question – “when do you need it for?” Her response was “Thursday”. It was Wednesday evening.

I’m sure you can adequately imagine the frenzy with which I set forth and somehow pieced together a mermaid tail, using pants, a frilly skirt and a billion beads. I am relatively I don’t need to indulge you in the idea that we don’t own a sewing machine, and that I muttered four hours away, threading needles with my awful eyesight.

The end result was better than I had expected it to be. I am pretty sure that mermaids don’t have pink tails or a billion beads attached to them but, hey, beads make excellent seaweed replicas. I’m okay with the funny stitching because it adds character to the mermaid tail, and shows the points where she and I were tugging at the material together. I am very sure that mermaid’s tailscales are not perpendicular or straight.

With great glee, I finished the tail and gave it to my daughter. She thanked me and I asked her to put it into her schoolbag for tomorrow.
She said: “Okay but, why mom?”

To which I responded, “Because you need it for tomorrow. Tomorrow is Thursday”.

Her response? “Oh mom, dress up day is next Thursday”.

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