It was Spirit Week at school this week. They do them after 3 day weekends or breaks to entice kids back to school. Right. If you want teenagers in school, bring food. Any ways, one day was Battle of the Ages. They expected us to dress Greek, Roman, or Spartan. Uh… Um….. I …. Nevermind.
Now personally, I thought it was a misfire. Not everyone can dress like a Greek or Roman or have the confidence to. I would’ve, but I was a nerd. And at least, it was better than Gender Swap Day. I cringe just writing it.
So the day came. I took a sheet and folded it into peplos. (Told you I was a nerd. I do nothing in halves, so when I was in middle school, enamored by Greek myths, I learned to dress as the ancient Greeks.) I pinned it with help from my mother and cinched it with a tie.
Because some of the adults who watched my nerdy-ancient-loving teenage phase encouraged me, I have quite a lot of jewelry inspired by ancient designs. I put on earrings, rings, and a necklace.
I braided my hair in a few braids. I put on a few silver headbands. I twisted and knotted my hair before shoving in a dozen or more bobby pins.
Off I went in sandals, instead of my usual combat boots or mary janes.
And the kids loved it.
“Miss, are you a goddess?”
“Miss, you look beautiful!”
“Wow, miss, you’ve got school spirit!”
“Miss, how did you do that?”
“Miss, you’re so cool.”
“Miss, your hair looks amazing.”
As I teach freshmen, I didn’t expect a lot of participation for Spirit Week. They’re too worried that they will look uncool. For fewer participated in Battle of the Ages, only one. None of the student council or cheerleaders.
When I arrived home, I had forgotten that the boys hadn’t seen me yet.
They ran to greet me when they heard the door open. They stopped in their tracks.
Tornado S: Mama! What are you wearing?!
Tornado A: You look pretty, Mama!
Tornado S: You look beautiful, Mama!
Tornado E: You look like a goddess, Mama. Did your students think you were a goddess?
Me: One asked if I was Zeus. I said I didn’t have the beard for it, but he said I would look cool with a thunderbolt.
Tornado E: Pssht. You should have said you were Athena. That’s who you look like.
Me: Thank you, my boys.
I kissed them all.