April 10, 2007

Hats for Sale!

I’m a bit behind on blog fodder. There has been plenty, but lack of time and high stress kept me from posting some of this. I’m trying to remember back to it and put it up as I have time.

And so… it goes… that my eldest son, Ringo, who is in 6th grade, and takes Spanish, had a project due. A project he knew about for weeks… but told us of the day before. It ranked right up there with last year when he said to me as he got in the car for our drive home from school, “Hey, Mom. Do you have your library card?” His book report was due in two days.

Now I was crazy busy at the time. I had the school books to balance, seating for a conference, a quilt to make for a Holy Communion, and a bunch of other crap I can’t even remember. And my son says to me, “Mom, I have a project due in Spanish. I have to make a sombrero. It’s due tomorrow, but don’t worry. Just get me some cardboard and I’ll make it…”

Of course. Famous last words. And I was content to let him make his sombrero by himself. He had the entire thing planned out in his head.

He’s 12. He must learn.

I got him cardboard and told him to ‘have at it’.

It gets rather blurry here. I know my husband came home and I was cooking dinner and on my way out to a meeting… a school board meeting. Must’ve been a Tuesday. As I was running out I remember saying, “YOUR son has a project due in Spanish. He is handling it. He may need some help cutting the cardboard. If you help him make the cut, I know he’ll appreciate it. He can do the rest.”

Or something like that. Very close. I don’t remember profanity. That’s a bonus.

And so I came home to find this ENORMOUS sombrero. Holy crap. HUGE.

It would seem my husband had no problems helping and it became a father/son project.

Mistake. Both have a bigger is better mentality and I was not home to temper it. I find that is my job in this home… frequently… as the lone female, to keep everyone grounded off the planet of ‘bigger is better’.

Oh and ‘the need for speed’. Those two planets seem to rotate around each other.

I said, “HOLY CRAP! What IS this?! It’s HUGE!”

My husband said, “Sombreros are big!”

I replied, “Not THAT big!”

Good Lord.

My husband was quite proud of their project. My son was VERY proud of their project. He was to have a theme and he decided it was ‘airsoft’ guns, hence the pictures of the airsoft guns all along the hat and the green airsoft pellets. (I kept saying, “Know your audience! Do you REALLY think an airsoft ‘gun’ theme is good for Catholic school?” His teacher let it slide… I was expecting she’d make a point, but she did not.)

This is how gargantuan the sombrero was… ¾ of my kitchen table.

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For a better idea, this is my son wearing it. There was a small cut out for his head. He looked like a frickin’ mushroom. (A couple poses just to show the vast ridiculousness of it...)

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I think my son finally got the idea how out of proportion his hat was when he showed up at school, with this 3 foot in diameter cardboard sombrero that his mother had to carry into class when every other child had this small hat sitting upon their books… no mother in sight.

You gotta laugh…

Posted by Boudicca at April 10, 2007 09:32 PM | TrackBack

I don't know about a sombrero, but it would make a neat UFO.

Posted by: Raging Mom at April 11, 2007 06:13 AM

Yep, that is funny!!! LOL!

Posted by: vw bug at April 11, 2007 06:16 AM

i love it! especially the gun detail. el sombrero del nino es muy muchacho! did that make sense? it's been a very long while.

Posted by: shoe at April 11, 2007 06:54 AM

I think it is fabulous! No reason to squash such a fine imagination!

Posted by: oddybobo at April 11, 2007 07:41 AM

"Both have a bigger is better mentality "

Both = Every man on this planet

Bigger is better is th motto Mr Weenie lives by ... thank god I am there to make him see sense or at least veto his bigger is better needs.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at April 11, 2007 08:06 AM

Dat be one hella sombrero. And I know my hats.

Posted by: Elisson at April 11, 2007 01:18 PM

You could serve tacos and Maegheritas in that hat!

Posted by: mockin'bird at April 11, 2007 02:53 PM

Bou - "Bigger is better" and "the need for speed" is only two of the three. You left out "more power".

Posted by: Denny at April 11, 2007 05:06 PM

It looks perfect to me! After all, it has to be large enough for people to dance around, doesn't it???

Posted by: Karen in Australia at April 11, 2007 06:07 PM

I'm laughing at the steps in the background to get up into your bed!!

Posted by: Sissy at April 11, 2007 08:28 PM

Sissy - I didn't even notice that, but you do realize that they are a family of Hobbits.

Posted by: Denny at April 11, 2007 08:57 PM

Now the whole class can do the Mexican Hat Dance....at the same time.

Posted by: Jerry at April 11, 2007 09:22 PM

It's a great hat!

Posted by: Richmond at April 12, 2007 08:48 AM

I could *swear* that's the same guy that tried to sell me a donkey in Tijuana...

Posted by: Harvey at April 16, 2007 04:22 PM