February 21, 2008

Will He Be All Shook Up?

Bones came up to me in the school parking lot at pick up the other day and said excitedly, “MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM! Our next book report we are to do a biography on a rock star and we have to dress up as them when we give it. I’m doing Elvis! Some of the girls are doing Hannah Montana.”

My first impulse was to bang my head against the asexual mom-mobile repeatedly and say over and over, “No…more… projects. No… more… projects. No… more… projects.”

We still had Abe hanging over our heads at the time for my middle son.

I looked at him and said, ‘Bones. I don’t remember the project being like this. If I recall, you read a biography on anyone famous and dress up as them.”

“Nope,” came the reply. “A rockstar. Pick a rock star and dress like them for the report.”

He was emphatic. But… he is my 3rd 3rd grader and I just could not believe they were narrowing the field of people so much.

Ringo did Bruce Lee, showed up in his gi, and even did a kata for the class. This was back when we were training. Piece of cake for him to dress.

Mr. T did Johnny Appleseed. We put a pot on his head, got him a flannel shirt and gave him some apples. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

And now I’m picturing a class full of kids… half dressed as Elvis and the other as Hannah Montana. Good Lord.

We got in the car and I went through his backpack and sure enough, *I* was right. How he got that everyone had to do a rock star… I have no clue. But he is still doing Elvis. I’ll be purchasing an Elvis costume soon as I sure as heck can’t make one.

Good Grief.

Is it summer yet?

Posted by Boudicca at February 21, 2008 10:28 PM | TrackBack

You gonna tell him where Elvis was when he died?

Posted by: Toluca Nole at February 21, 2008 10:37 PM

Toluca...bad girl!! :-)

Seriously, Bou, it could be worse...he could want to be Michael Jackson...and then what?

I'm thinking it would be REALLY funny if, instead of the black pants, sparkly gold blazer, and blue suede shoes, you went with the Fat Elvis One-Piece, Rhinestone-Encrusted White Jumper, and stuffed some pillows inside the costume for a little realism.

He'll be the talk of the third grade. What can possibly go wrong?

Posted by: Erica at February 21, 2008 11:08 PM

Oh come on... get him to dress up as Hannah! ;-)

Posted by: vw bug at February 22, 2008 05:55 AM

TN's got a good suggestion... and you could make that a part of his costume.

Grilled peanut butter and 'nana sandwich in hand, cardboard toilet on ass.

Posted by: That 1 Guy at February 22, 2008 07:54 AM

Someone called me a chick. :(

Posted by: Toluca Nole at February 22, 2008 05:24 PM

OMG!! I wish you lived closer. I would so LOVE to make an Elvis costume!!! This is the kind of stuff I love to sew.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at February 23, 2008 04:10 PM

Please post a photo of your son as Elvis!

Posted by: Peggy U at February 24, 2008 09:20 PM