This is long overdue and I promised Mom (hi Mom!) that I would post these pictures of Abby dressed as Lucille Ball. That promise was a good motivator because I have a lot of blogging to catch up with.
At our kids elementary school the 5th graders always have a wax museum. The theme was American Heros and after getting a list of suggestions Abby chose Lucille Ball- which fits her so well. A neighbor suggested she be Helen Keller and I said, “Abby is much more a Lucille Ball than a Helen Keller.”
To prepare for her assignment she had to write a 2 minute biography on Lucy which she then memorized and had to give to anyone who came up to her table and pushed a (paper) button. She did this all day long. They first did this during school for the entire rest of the school, then she did it in the evening for family and others who came. She said after the first couple of hours she tried to tell people her button was out of order but the teachers didn’t let her get away with that too much. We also watched a lot of old I Love Lucy episodes on You Tube. It’s amazing how timeless her humor is. Abby loved them.
We were lucky to find pieces to the costume from family and neighbors. I sewed the apron (that was an accomplishment for me with rusty sewing skills), and I learned how to do her hair from a You Tube video. We found temporary dye that would wash out after one wash but it wasn’t as red as we liked. The real bright red was just not to be found in a temporary dye. I suspect it isn’t popular. I used at least 100 bobby pins and we put her hair up using pin curls which she slept on. We were happy with the results.
It was a lot of work but she had a lot of fun. Her friends were fun too. I had to snap a picture of them all together. These girls have become such good friends this year.
From left to right- Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, Judy Blume, Lucy, Audrey Hepburn, and Annie Oakley.
Sam is already thinking about who he wants to be when he gets to 5th grade. He has a couple of years to decide.