Today has been a momentous day. A joyous day. A milestone day.
After 13 years and 26 costumes today was my last EVER World Book Day.
Time for a happy dance.
As I slapped pink paint onto egg boxes at 11.30pm last night I was smiling.
As I punched holes in the egg boxes and threaded elastic at 7.00am this morning I was almost giddy with excitement because I never, ever, ever, have to do it again.
The tyranny of the World Book Day Costume is over for me.
I wasn’t always this curmudgeonly. My early WBD years were earnest affairs of heavily researched and lovingly assembled costumes. I think we probably even actually sat down and read the books together which is, after all, what it is all about.
We travelled from the pre-school days of the Cinderella dress through Pippi Longstocking to Harry/Hermione and Catniss. Alice in Wonderland, Tracy Beaker, Where’s Wally (I know, but it is still a book although, admittedly, one without any words) they have all appeared in our fancy dress lexicon.
This year was slightly more problematic. Teen 2, being in the final year of middle school, has kind of outgrown the book day thing so her list of requirements for a costume included minimal dressing up, a character that can be linked with other characters so that she and her friends could all be sort of the same, and something that meant they could all wear their Topshop skinny jeans. A tall order I think you will agree.
So we settled on The Three Little Pigs – aforementioned jeans, checked shirts and pig snouts made from the late night egg box painting session.
When interrogated in the car on the way home from school Teen 2 revealed that my porcine creations had only been worn for the first five minutes of the day before being binned, so I’m quite glad that I didn’t embark on a huge sentimental last hurrah of a costume.
Good riddance World Book Day. Next year as I walk to work passing Just William, Cruella de Vil and Fantastic Mr Fox I will smile nostalgically and think back fondly to all our own WBD costumes of the past. I will go home and lecture Teen 1 and Teen 2 about the joys of reading and the magic of the printed word.
But I will NOT make a costume.
Definitely time for a happy dance.