Yes my friend –
If you have a child in primary school, Hero Day belongs to YOU & ME baby! *collapses
A casual little note came home from school on Monday evening, saying the school would be taking part in Hero Day for Children in Need and the children could dress up as their favourite hero. Just an innocent little note I happened to find in a school bag and BOOM – parental panic was on! Oh, and of course it coincided with one of my busiest weeks ever – working every day, out every night. Good times!
My kids love superheroes – they watch Superhero Squad and could tell you all the superheroes and their powers, but dressing up as superheroes has never been on their agenda. So do we have any superhero costumes in this house? No my friend. We don’t.
Just as I was thinking of tying flags around their shoulders for a cape (we did this to support when Trey ran the marathon last year and the kids loved it!) I thought, what if we were a DIFFERENT kind of hero? Kaya and I talked through options of amazing women – Florence Nightingale (bit worthy?), Amelia Earhart – even Jessica Ennis who Kaya idolised during the Olympics? And then it came to be – Boudica! Kaya was beyond excited!
We’re a bit low on costumes in our house at the moment, they’re all a bit snug so unless they wanted to go as a Wise Man (from Akira’s nativity 2 years ago!) or Pumpkin I was a bit stuffed. I could have found the bits at home but, since she was so excited I decided to get Kaya an early Christmas present and found a great Horrible Histories Boudica costume online and pimped it up with a sword and shield we had at home (always gotta do a bit of pimping!).
I also realised this was the week that the charity shoe boxes were due in! Argh! They’ve been on my mind for the last few weeks, but of course I hadn’t done anything about it. So I had to dash to my local Clarks one night after work – in the rain – and beg them to give me two shoe boxes! And have you ever tried to wrap a shoe box and make it look nice?!
Akira wasn’t so into the dressing up idea. He wanted to wear his uniform, but I didn’t want him to be the odd one out or opt out. These days are massively stressful for parents and kids alike but I do think it’s key to teach your kid that taking part is important.
The ONLY assembly I remember from my school years – 5 to 18 – was one at secondary school where the presenting class sat on chairs in front of the 1500 strong school and did nothing for a full 20 minutes. NOTHING!
Then at the end of the assembly, they stood up and explained the assembly was to prove:
“If you don’t put anything into life, you don’t get anything out of it”!
So taking part is key in this house and I was disappointed this morning to see a few kids in uniform. I know it can be stressful, but I don’t think opting out of fun for charity is the right message? It doesn’t need to cost money – they could wear something they’re into? Riding gear = Olympic Rider? Footie Gear = Favourite Footballer? Normal Clothes and their initial on their front? Their OWN superhero! Just chatting to friends on Facebook last night, I could see how divided people are on the topic! It’s a hot potato!
Not-so-sure Akira has gone off in his joggers and a top with “Part Time Superhero” written on it I recently got in H & M (phew!). A gesture, but important to me that he joined in and handed in his pound! LOVING the teachers who were also dressed up and fully entering into the spirit of things!
Yes, the true heroes of today are the adults who have made it happen – parents and teachers who:
- Have cobbled together costumes their kids would be happy in
- Have added to their busy week to make it a fun day, raising for charity
- Have encouraged nervous participants
- Have negotiated the tricky path of finding an outfit where their kid wouldn’t feel awkward if they have different interests to their peers
Kaya tried her Boudica costume on last night and refused to take it off. When I kissed her goodnight, I whispered “Goodnight Boudica” and the smile on her face made this entire, insane week worthwhile.
coffee gin to all involved