When I think of how fast time seems to go by, I am always astounded by how much we all get done. Yet, when I glance back, it all happens in the blink of an eye.
When my son was little, we watched the Count of Monte Cristo so many times that I do believe, we all still know the dialog by heart. He certainly was enthralled with the drama and the excitement of good overcoming evil and greed. I think for him there was no better entrance than when the Count arrived at his own party by hot air Balloon!
And so the day came when Rafi asked me to make him an outfit for his 7th Grade Renaissance Faire. We agreed that I would have freedom to design it, and he would wear it! As a mom, I needed to negotiate this up front! I used an ancient black velvet cape that had been collecting dust in a remote corner of my closet. It was much too long, so instead of cutting it, I ruched it from the interior with cording. This created a billowing effect as he walked in it. The cloaking scarf, I made to accent the front of the cape. It had to be dramatic, yet functional. It was attached under the hood with heavy duty hook and eyes. The shirt was one I had in my closet. It was a perfect choice due to the many corset like strings on the back that were used to create a “perfect fit”. And finally, the beret. He was so thrilled when he realized that the interior fabric matched the cloaking scarf. “Mom, you actually made the beret, too?” A couple of vintage pins perfectly placed, and the Prince was ready to debut at the Faire.
When Rafi actually put the outfit on, I could see his transformation before my eyes. He knew he was the Prince. It was all about using his imagination and letting his self esteem blossom there. And isn’t that what we all want for our kids, to let them know they are all so very special.