Saturday, August 11, 2012

Because it's what parents do

Heading out to the Masquerade Ball.
I'm currently at San Japan:  Mach 5.

I'm surrounded by thousands of teenagers (millions ... I think it might be millions) dressed as Japanese cartoon characters.  It's all things anime.

I don't read any anime.  I don't have a clue who any of these characters are.  Yet, two of my kids are in heaven right now.  My oldest daughter put together a cosplay outfit for me, and was ridiculously excited that I agreed to wear it around.  I love making my kids ridiculously excited.  Even when I'm tired.  Even when I have no clue what anyone else is talking about ... which is probably the way some of you feel when I talk about Burning Man.  heh. heh.

So, I do this.  I do it full force, and my kids love that.  Even when I'm not exactly sure what it is I am doing. 

Some of my favorite memories from childhood are when my parents dove into something I loved.  Especially if it was "silly" or could be seen as "frivolous."  It was fun, and they could see and understand that it was a big, fun deal to me.

Oh, gotta' run.  The girl just texted that she got a ticket giving her a guaranteed autograph from Caitlin Glass!  OMG!  I have no idea who that is, but it was in all caps with tons of exclamation points!  I'm really, really happy for her, and must reply with just as much enthusiasm.  Because ... OMG!

In the middle of a 30/30 hooping challenge.  So, I got my hoop on at the Convention Center.  This is me, as Izumi Curtis.  Forgot my fabric tubes to make my dreads appear black, but my kid forgave my oversight.  She's cool like that.  Think I look so serious because Izumi's failed attempt at Human Transmutation left her with a nasty side effect of coughing up blood anytime she gets too worked up.  Guess I need to chill the heck out.


Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

Yes that is exactly what parents do and what kids remember the best about their parents.

Sandi Dreer, from HPU but maybe before your time?, is into Cosplay along with her daughters. If you ever need costume ideas she has them!

32FlavoursOfHumanity said...

Izumi is a rather attractive and deceptively young-looking middle-aged woman with a curvaceous, yet well-toned figure, fair skin, long black hair worn in microbraid dreadlocks, dark eyes and a Flamel tattoo on the left side of her collarbone, the design of which appears to be her personal crest. Edward and Alphonse would later use this design to some degree, as their personal crests as well.

Sounds like a good match!!! I think it's so awesome that you did this!!

Michelle said...

FMA - One of my kids' favourite animes. DN Angel is also really good, but we tend to choose our animes on voice actors (yay Vic Mignogna, Travis and Laura Willingham etc.). And I fully understand your daughter's joy at getting a signed autograph from Caitlin Glass. My girl was stoked to get Vic's autograph in both Melbourne and Sydney.