Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tacky Day

So, tomorrow is Tacky Day at Danny's school. According to the note sent home at the beginning of the week, the kids are supposed to come to school in a "tacky" outfit. For example, mismatched clothes (so basically everyday is Tacky Day in our house, and not just for the kids, either) or clothes you wouldn't normally wear to school. Kids can also sport funny hairstyles, etc. Anything to make them look funny, I guess.

This reminds me of a couple months ago, when they had 50's day for the entire school to commemorate 50 years in service or something like that. They recommended dressing boys in jeans, white t-shirts, leather jackets and greasing their hair back.

I don't even know where to start. OK, well, first off, Danny never wears jeans. He has not donned denim since he was probably 2. Ever since he has been able to say the word "NO!" blue jeans have not touched his body. As for the white t-shirt, well, that might have been ok, but it was October and Danny refused to wear a short-sleeved shirt. And the leather jacket? Even if we were loaded and could afford a pint-sized leather coat, there is no way he would wear it. Danny wears soft fabrics only.

And the hair thing? Danny doesn't even like having his hair stick up after washing it. So, basically, we were totally out of options. I instead chose to send my kid dressed as a 50's kid who time traveled to 2009 and decided to wear clothes appropriate to 2009 (at least clothes appropriate for a 2009 kid who has sensory issues).

Or in other words, he wore a sweat suit. I know Danny didn't care, but I wondered what the teacher and other kids thought. Maybe nothing. Or possibly that I had forgotten. Who knows?

So, I have been trying to talk it up to Danny, to prepare him for the fact that he is supposed to wear something unusual to school tomorrow, but he doesn't seem to be registering what I am saying. Or perhaps he just doesn't care. Who can blame him really? Why I am thinking so much about something so inconsequential is a topic for my next therapy session.

All I know is that now I am stuck trying to create a tacky outfit, which really wouldn't be that hard, but I am assuming they want the kids to wear outfits different from their normal attire. Because, as it happens, Danny is the king of mismatched clothes. They suggested mismatched socks, which you would think would be just his thing, but Danny would never stand for that, because you see, my wonderful kid is a real stickler for rules. You do not break them. Ever.

So, this sort of fun dress-up day is not for kids like Danny. I will try to convince him he can wear his pjs to school, but I don't think he will bite, even though he wore nothing but pajamas during our 4-day weekend last week.

Perhaps, instead, I will have Danny actually wear clothes that are unusual for him to wear to school (as the note instructed). So, for Tacky Day, perhaps I will be able to convince Danny to wear an ensemble that matches and looks really nice together.

That would sure be different.

9 comments:

Amy Jane said...

Sounds to me like someone at that school has too much time on their hands! Sheesh. So far (knock on wood), they haven't had any kind of special clothing day at Nick's school, and I hope it stays that way. When I was a kid, I always hated it when they had those. I feel the same way now about Halloween - I just can't be bothered. Too much effort! If I were you, I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure that Danny can't be the only kid in the entire school who doesn't dress up for these special days. However, I totally love your idea of sending him in a natty ensemble on tacky day. :) Let me know what transpires...

Logical Libby said...

I always HATED the theme days. I mean, unless it was pajama day, and then I was down with it.

Actually, I wish they did pajama day in my office.

Sarah said...

Theme days are ridiculous---and no, the kids did not notice that Danny wasn't dressed in 50s attire.

I suggest that you let him wear his Halloween costume....

Denise said...

LOL.....matching clothes would be totally tacky for Danny. LOVE it! Or just let him go in his usual and everyone will say, "What a great costume!" heheheheheh

love your thoughts

Jenn said...

I think Danny and my husband are related. You don't want to know.

Ginny Marie said...

Oh, dear, I hope tacky day went well! I have a daughter who hate to wear jeans, too...she's a skirt girl, and even with leggings some days are just too cold for her to wear skirts! *sigh*

Have you ever read "Tacky the Penguin?" We just discovered this book over Christmas break, and it was hysterical!

Ginny Marie said...

I just read my comment above...I'm sorry for writing a comment that sounds rambling and incoherent. That's what the inside of my brain looks like! I hate to think what I'll be like when I'm old and senile!

danette said...

Cuddlebug had something like that in his class once (they called it something else but I can't remember what). He wore his shirt backward and I think he wore two different socks... those were his ideas. Bearhug is not big on doing things like that, he didn't even want to dress up for Halloween this year until he changed his mind at the last minute.

Hope it went well!

a Tonggu Momma said...

As you know from last week, I am NOT a fan of the theme days. What did Danny end up wearing?