This morning my goddaughter Sallie portrayed the dragon engaged in battle with St. George to great acclaim, some of it due to the fierce and fabulous tail created by yours truly. Her school even wanted to buy it, her mom told me tonight ~ but she said no dice because it's already reserved for Halloween '06 (and Halloween '12, when Wee C may be able to carry it off!).
I love an impromptu project, especially a successful one. When Ruth called in a panic Tuesday afternoon, I just told her to go buy two yards of fabric and I'd take it from there. I probably started designing the thing in my head while I was still at work, and I made a paper model while our dinner was cooking. By the time Ruthie stopped at our house on her way home from an evening meeting, I was halfway to the finish line, and enjoyed having an audience. I must give her credit for adding the red rickrack to the purchase, because it truly ties the tail to the headpiece they'd already acquired. And Sallie herself found this particular cotton, a much better match than the basic canvas I'd suggested.
The first words out of the Lower School director's mouth when she saw Ruth at this morning's performance were Where's the godmother? I wish I could've been there, but it's hard to sneak out of the office at 9 a.m. Luckily, dad Scott shot some video, so I'll catch a rerun after the holidays. I know my gal Sal's got performing talent*, but I'm tickled that I helped her steal the show!
*Speaking of talented performers, my friend Keenan, an occasional S&B attendee and UVa student, can be heard on tomorrow's Weekend Edition, now that NPR picked up a story from Monday's Post about their theatrical production, Voices from the Class. (Sister Scottie is quoted in the article; both twins appear in the ensemble piece and in Post pix online.) Tune in at 9:40 a.m., or maybe listen online ~
Edited to add: The media is sexist! They recorded two monologues, and chose the other one to air. Both are online to read but not to hear, alas ~