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The Zebra and the Train: A Tale of Two Costumes

by Sierra on October 29, 2010 · 10 comments

in creative,humor,parenting

Serena is going as a train for Halloween

Serena is going as a train for Halloween

A week or so ago, Serena announced she wanted to be a zebra for Halloween. I smiled, nodded, thought she’d make a cute zebra, and promptly forgot about it.

Until tonight, after dinner, when she smiled sweetly at me and said, “Mommy! Tonight while I am sleeping, I want you to sew a zebra costume for me! Or a giraffe costume! Or a train, like Greta. Or a zebra.”

Um, sure. I’ll get right on that. With my mad sewing skills. And all this zebra-print material I don’t happen to have lying around the house.

Actually I forgot about it again ten minutes later and went about my evening. That’s how being the ADHD mama I am rolls.

A few hours later:

“Oh FUCK! Serena needs a Zebra costume!” I wasn’t even home then, so I turned to my host and said, “I need to make a zebra costume out of things I find in your house.”

‘Cause I’m classy like that. He’s a sweetie, though, and always willing to help. Together we started ransacking the house in search of zebra parts.

“I think I could use some black yarn,” I said. “And a white bag. Or an old T-shirt. And a sharpie.”

He rummaged through a closet, and a bin of old clothes, and came up with some stuff. The haul:

  • A cowboy hat
  • A pair of 3D glasses
  • Fairy wings

Me: Have you ever seen a zebra?

Things got desperate. I got ready to head home. Even though it meant interrupting his jam session, I texted Martin.

We had this text exchange:

Me: Dude! Serena needs a zebra costume.

Him: She switched to train (like Greta). I am almost done.

I have no idea who Greta is, but I love her and her crazy choo-choo Halloween costume. Almost as much as I love the man who skipped guitar practice tonight to build this monstrosity.

Take that, Disney. My daughter is going to be a train for Halloween. Not a princess, or a fairy, or a mermaid, or a ballerina. Not even a zebra with a cowboy hat and fairy wings. A train. Because she has the Best. Daddy. Ever.

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  • Anonymous

    That’s fantastic!

    I just got a few photos in email from N’s halloween morning at school, and there were only two fairy princesses — which, I think, is about right. Woo hoo last minute train costume!


  • http://notlikeacat.blogspot.com/ It’s Not Like a Cat

    That’s awesome. It’s like your own version of “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”:

    “If you invite Sierra over, chances are she will want to make a zebra costume. If you help her find some stuff for it, she will ask you for different stuff. The stuff you have will remind her that she needs some black yarn. If you give her a cowboy hat, she will ask you for a Sharpie…”


  • http://creidylad.livejournal.com/ creidylad

    Thank you for this. It has made me feel so much better about the last-minute-change-her-mind circumlocutions my daughter has gone through as I frantically scrambled to put together a vampire, a Cinderella (sigh) and a fairy (the final choice as of this minute.)


  • Kim

    I need to see a picture of this train costume!


    Sierra Reply:

    It’s coming!


  • http://thelazymama.wordpress.com/ Carol

    That is an amazing story! Thanks for this post. I’m slowly trying to teach myself to tone down being meticulous.


  • CG

    Awesome. What you didn’t know is that the other daddy had already cancelled that evening jam session with your husband (at the last minute) in order to finish a kick-ass glowy/blinky fairy Halloween costume for *his* little girl. Life is funny sometimes!


  • http://reproductiverites.wordpress.com/ Sarah

    I totally love this costume!


  • http://emilybreadcrumb.blogspot.com Emily Anne

    Ha, my daughter is going to be a (store-bought) zebra… since she’s one, this is the last year that I (or in this case Grandma) get to dictate what she dresses up as. While I hope she won’t want to be Cinderella or Ariel every year (or, god forbid, a sexy fill-in-the-blank), I’m a little terrified of being asked to produce a train costume at short notice! Well done.


  • http://fastforwardacademy.com/index-page-continuing-professional-education-enrolled-agent.htm enrolled agent cpe

    That costume is just adorable. A few days before Halloween, I had to run to the store and find a costume for my little girl, she really wanted to be like Dora the Explorer so I got her pink shirt with orange shorts and bought a Dora backpack. That’s all I can think of since I was running out of time.


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