Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Ugly Sweater Day
Today is ugly sweater day at the boys high school.
It got me thinking about the first ugly sweater day when Son #1 was in Grade 8.
The night before (because why give the parents any time to prepare) he announced the event and what did we have in our closets that he could wear?
"Not much" was the answer. (we give away to Salvation Army, the homeless shelters and The Boys and Girls Club.)
Could we look anyway?
After digging through drawers and closets I came up with a sweater that I thought might work but was unsure as I didn't think it was ugly and had worn it only a few months prior.
It was dark green heavy knitted wool with an over-all pattern of leaves in gold, rust, brown with some black and red shots of color. Very woodsy looking.
"Yes!" he exclaimed, "that's great".
I was perplexed because as I mentioned before it was one I still wore.
Not to worry though, the kid was happy that he had something to wear to school and get points for participating.
That night over dinner I casually asked how ugly sweater day was.
"I won", he said.
"You had the ugliest sweater in your class?!!? ' I said incredulously.
"No", he said, "in the school".
Today is ugly sweater day at the high school. Both of my boys are wearing one of my sweaters and both expect to win.
"In your thank you acceptance speech, please let everyone know that your mom gets the worst Christmas gifts ever and that these sweaters are living proof."
...and please don't tell them that I still wear these sweaters.