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A few weeks ago, Tom received an invitation to a Birthday Party from a girl in his class, Leah. Now being a normal four-year old boy, parties are the most EXCITING THINGS EVAR!! Which made it a bit confusing when he showed some reluctance to going.

There's not that strong 'girls are smelly' thing going on yet - indeed, one of his best friends is Olivia - though through Ned's influence there's a lot of Barbie-bashing going on at the moment. So I didn't think it could be gender politics this early on.

I also doubted it was the fancy-dress element to the party. After all, Tom is the chameleon of Leominster, covering everything from pirates to knights and back again.

Meaning the only factor that I could think of that could be bothering him was the fact that it was a disco. It seems that I have bred a reserved, middle-class English male (which in itself is hardly surprising), but that seemed to be the key. Tom didn't want to have to do any dancing.

It's difficult to persuade a child to the merits and freedom of dancing when you yourself have all the grace of a foal on ice. For me, dancing without self-consciousness is something I had to work long and hard at to overcome my inbuilt reticence, and trying to explain that to a four-year old is nigh on impossible.

So, the only thing I could do to enthuse him to go was to get him to have complete control over his costume. Let him get excited about what he's going as, and the fact that it's a disco might just fade a bit. Did he want to go as a pirate? No. Knight? No. (See, going for all the familiar (and easy) option first).

Then I don't know what possessed me to suggest Robot. We don't have a robot costume, and I'd end up having to make it. But suddenly I found myself suggesting Robot, and Tom immediately snapped up the offer, and I was duty bound to oblige.

One long day with a Dell computer box, permanent marker, some google image results, a couple of split pins, some elastic, foil wrapping paper, a whole pritt-stick and bout 2 miles of gaffa tape later, these were the results. I'm pretty proud of myself. And Tom loved the party, and apparently did plenty of dancing. Little sod!

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Date: 2008-12-08 11:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lurpak.livejournal.com
what a brilliant costume!!

I hope they played some Kraftwerk at the disco

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Date: 2008-12-08 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Thank you! Sadly I think the music was all squeaky squeaky toddler pop.


I didn't stay.

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Date: 2008-12-08 11:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Oh, and also, slightly freaked out by your user-pic...!

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Date: 2008-12-08 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lurpak.livejournal.com
oh sorry, Hannah found it (it's an axolotl) and she thought it was cute!

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Date: 2008-12-08 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
I trust it's called Aristotle.

If she thinks that's cute, you may need to vet her boyfriends in a few years!

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Date: 2008-12-08 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] land-girl.livejournal.com
That is absolutely marvellous!

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Date: 2008-12-08 11:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Thank you - so many of the costumes were mass-produced, shop-bought jobs with no imagination or care gone into them. Maybe I'm just a costume snob, but I prefer to see some thought, and some variety at a fancy dress party!

No, I'm just a snob.

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Date: 2008-12-08 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bleedingink.livejournal.com
That is utterly fantastic. I think the arm's are what makes it outstanding. I would never have thought to do that.

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Date: 2008-12-08 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Thank you! The arms and legs were a result of panic that the body just didn't seem enough by itself.

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Date: 2008-12-08 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] land-girl.livejournal.com
I was reminded of this, which we made for Small Hare a little while ago! I am a great costume snob too but I have failed massively this week. [livejournal.com profile] bisonfish, Ralph and Florence are all in nativity plays and I have just had to let them rootle around in the dressing up box because I HAVE NO TIME TO DO ANYTHING ANY MORE!

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Date: 2008-12-08 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
That spaceman hat for Small Hare is gorgeous! And just having a dressing up box is a fantastic resource. I never really had one, but the boys have a wide variety of sartorial oddities to fire their imagination. Of course, I shall never forget the day Tom came downstairs in a Tam O'Shanter and a sarong.

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Date: 2008-12-08 11:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kristenlou.livejournal.com
Wow! Very impressive! Love it.

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Date: 2008-12-08 12:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Thanks! Not sure it'll last many more outings though.

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Date: 2008-12-08 03:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sahara-harp.livejournal.com
Jeepers, that's crafty!

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Date: 2008-12-08 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Thanks, but it didn't feel crafty at gone midnight when I was still drawing on rivets!

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Date: 2008-12-08 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hartleyhare.livejournal.com
That is brilliant! I love the arms!

For me, dancing without self-consciousness is something I had to work long and hard at to overcome my inbuilt reticence

This is me, totally. I'm still working at it.

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Date: 2008-12-08 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Re: the dancing - what finally helped was lots of alcohol, and being in Llandudno. Trust me, that's the recipe for success.

But keep trying. It's worth it.

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Date: 2008-12-08 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratphooey.livejournal.com
You win the Best Dad Award.

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Date: 2008-12-08 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Hmmm..... most competitive Dad, maybe!

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Date: 2008-12-08 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladybirdintheuk.livejournal.com
Wow, that is ace!

I've showed Richard, and told him this is what he will be working towards in the future, but I don't think he believes me.

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Date: 2008-12-08 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Do you want me to have a word?

Just as a quick overview - all your preconceptions about parenting... forget them. The path of least resistance beckons!

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Date: 2008-12-09 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladybirdintheuk.livejournal.com
I'm a big fan of the path of least resistance.

To be fair, I have a feeling that I will be taking up fancy-dress-costume duties. I have a sewing-machine at the ready :)

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Date: 2008-12-09 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] todayiamadaisy.livejournal.com
That's a fabulous costume. It doesn't even look restrictive for moving about, which could be a problem with boxes.

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Date: 2008-12-09 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-pie.livejournal.com
my goodness this is brilliant!