Friday, June 6, 2008

Because I'm The Greatest

I think I must have left my brain in my other pants - I actually volunteered to help out for a three hour end of school celebration in 100 degree weather. Me, the polar bear. Seriously, I think I hocked up more than a lung last week - a chunk of my mind is obviously missing, because this ole stick of buttah is ready to go on the popcorn now, and I was just doing the face painting.

The other moms doing face painting were funny - they had this piece of paper with simple little doodle-like stuff the kids could choose from, and then I sat down and rocked the boat. I painted skull and crossbones going up in flames; I painted swords with serpents entwined about them; I painted the Loch Ness monster on one kid, a dolphin on another; butterflies and rosebuds; AC DC's logo, complete with lightning bolt, and I sang an appropriate ditty for each as I did them (okay I had to mumble parts of the AC DC song - "Highway to Hell" or "Hell's Bells" wasn't going to cut it with the 3rd grade crowd - even I know that).

Its not like any of it was hard, but what an ego boost to hear these kids: "She can paint anything!" "I'm waiting for her, she's the best." And I admit it, I sucked up every bit of it. At lunch, one of the Bohemian's classmates declared, "Mrs. Toy, you are the greatest!" I don't know how I got those kudos, but I'm not going to argue. and you know what? Those kids are the greatest too!

11 comments:

FairiesNest said...

Ego boost as ice for the soul! Kids that age are so wonderful.Great photo btw!

thailandchani said...

I really admire artistic talent. The things you painted must have been really interesting. I'm imagining a bunch of little kids with skulls and crossbones. :)

flutter said...

aww kids are so awesome

tysdaddy said...

My wife does a LOT of volunteering at the elementary where our kids go, and she's affectionately known as Mrs. T. She helps out in art classes, and is a constant presence in the workroom photocopying this or that. Each year,the teachers fight to get our kids in their classes because then they get Mrs. T.

Way to go, Mom. Anyone who can paint the AC/DC logo is just fine in my book . . .

Chanda (aka Bea) said...

You CAN draw anything, I've seen it with my own eyes. But seriously? Today? 100 degrees?. That goes above and beyond. Are you a puddle now?

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

Kids are nothing but honest. You ARE the greatest so definitely soak all that honest complimenting up!

Madge said...

honestly i think the school volunteer functions are hotbeds for parental competition and i'm glad you kicked butt and kids were standing in line for you. i hate anytime i volunteer to participate in something that involves interacting with other parents.

gawd, i'm a horrible person....

Lara said...

You TOTALLY made these kids' day! You know this is one end of school time they will NOT forget.

But you should've taken a picture to show us your artistic talents. I'm sure they were great, but I'd have loved to see. :)

Maggie, Dammit said...

TOO CUTE.

Nothing makes a kid happier than a good face-painting, and that's the truth, ruth.

Perhaps you've got a potential money maker here? You could park yourself next to kids' lemonade stands and milk 'em for all they're worth....

just a thought.

Heather said...

AC/DC wicked

Gypsy said...

Any hearts with "Mom" banners? No? ;)