And we're ready to head out in fairy green
We bought accessories at Claire's (oh way oh)
Wings, toe polish, even fairy hair...
It's not like us to be prepared so early. But the sixth-grader settled on her costume early this year, abandoning the Goth trend for the shimmering green optimism of a storybook fairy.
Buy candy. Carve pumpkins. Pour the wine. Done.
I unpack the skeleton hand goblets and offer a toast to my perfectly-organized self.
This is what is known as tempting the Fates.
The Fates, as anyone familiar with Greek mythology knows, are the social studies, language arts and science teachers whose creative whims control the lives of mortal parents from kindergarten through eighth grade.
Next Thursday, the Fates have decreed, will be "Dress Like an Egyptian Day."
Lucky for us, the Egyptian god Ak-tut-something is pretty much a ringer for Tinkerbelle.
Okay, that is not true and the girl knows it. We have absolutely nothing useful for depicting anything remotely Egyptian.
Don't know exactly what we're looking for -
But we've only got a few days more (oh way oh)
Shop like an Egyptian...
We reject Cleopatra. Too expensive, I say. Too obvious, says the girl. Duh.
As a recovering Goth, she likes the look of Anubis, the jackal-headed god of the dead. We are not going to find Anubis here. But a $4.99 Batman mask seems like a good start.
Like the ancient Egyptians, we are resourceful.
All we have to do is build a cardboard snout, lengthen the ears, add the side flaps, papier maché the entire thing and paint it black and gold. Then we will fashion a tunic from an old bed sheet. We will fashion Egyptian looking accessories from beads and strips of cardboard.
Photos: Top right, Anubis mask from fantasyguilde, $275; bottom right, we are halfway there...