It is Spirit Week at my son’s school, which means that each day there is a theme and the kids are supposed to come in costume, a fact I registered and then completely forgot until we were walking up to the kindergarten line on Monday morning and noticed that several of his classmates were wearing tie-dye for “Hippie Day.” No matter – I ran back to the car, grabbed some Burt’s Bees colored lip balm, and put peace signs on his cheeks, mumbling something under my breath about how peace signs are not particular to an era and maybe something else about how being a hippie is a state of mind, not a fashion statement.
Tuesday was mixed-up crazy day, but Zach is a first child and therefore could not possibly wear his clothes backwards or inside out. Hell, I’d be lucky if I could get him to wear gold and silver together or white before Memorial Day. He decided to tie a sock around his wrist. Whoa, there kiddo. Don’t get too out of hand.
Wednesday, however, was a snap. Wednesday was advertised as “Earth Day – Go Green, Recycle.” That one I had covered, although I’m not sure the mother whose SUV idles outside the school for half-hour every single afternoon had any clue what to do.
We walked up to the kindergarten line this morning, and Zachary started to pout. “I’m not wearing anything green,” he complained, looking at his friends.
“Zach, the theme is Earth Day – Go green, Recycle. You are wearing a Scrap Kins shirt. They live in a recycling center.”
“Yes, but trees help too,” he told me, looking at a girl with paper leaves glues onto her pants. Paper she will most likely need to throw away this afternoon.
“Your shirt is organic cotton, and it is about recycling. It is a small, locally owned business, and it was shipped to us from New York, so it has a small carbon footprint. Your pants are organic cotton, made by a company with socially responsible business practices. Your underpants are also organic cotton, also made by Hanna Andersson. In fact, with the possible exception of your socks, everything you are wearing is ethically produced. You are the most ethically dressed kid here. Possibly in New Jersey.”
He looked unconvinced, sighing with envy as a child ran by covered in cotton balls, shouting “I’m a cloud for Earth Day.”