While working on Big Kid's Mr. Fredericksen costume from the movie Up, he asked what I was going to be.
"I could be Russell!" I said, "I could get a boy scout uniform and...."
"Mom, you can't be Russell. He's a little boy!" Big Kid insisted, looking worried.
"Well, Mr. Fredericksen is an old man and you aren't an old man." I pointed out.
"But Russell is a boy. You're not a boy. It's just not normal for a mom to dress like a little boy."
"Oh. Well, then I don't know what I can be if you won't let me be Russell," I answered sadly.
Days later he asked again, but I suspected he was double-checking to make sure I hadn't procured a boy scout uniform somewhere along the way.
"So, did you ever decide what you'll be for Halloween, mom?"
"Yes! I was thinking about it and I'm going to be Kevin!" I said with excitement.
"The...bird? From Up?" Big Kid asked, looking very concerned.
"Yes!! I'm going to wear, like, a one piece blue bodysuit. A tight one, I think they're called unitards? And I will attach some feathers to my butt and maybe wear a headband with some feathers? I'm thinking a shiny blue body suit, so I'll stand out. And we'll go everywhere together so people will know who I am!"
Big Kid looked absolutely horrified as I described my vision, I could see the growing panic on his face.
"Just kidding, Big Kid, I'll wear my skeleton dress again."
His relief was obvious. "Skeletons are a good costume for moms. That's a good choice."
So, no shiny blue unitard for me, although I think it was a damn good idea.