In 1889 the Northern-Pacific railway company proposed the building of a trestle bridge to span the Tacoma Narrows. They didn't get one. However, in 1940 the world's third-longest suspension bridge was opened spanning the Tacoma Narrows. It was an engineering marvel.
The moral of this story? Sometimes a good plan just doesn't end well.
The entire third grade is generously being treated with a field trip next week. They're all going to the annual production of The Nutcracker and to lunch at Texas Roadhouse. The permission slip instructs that they should wear "holiday dress clothes" or "good everyday clothes".
Apparently all the boys wanted to wear tuxedos. They were vetoed.
The Big One doesn't really have anything fancy to wear, because she has a bad mother. So her bad mother, in a fit of rare guilt, agreed to make her a dress out of The Big One's most favorite fabric ever: polyester black stretch panné velvet.
The Big One is, in fact, the reincarnation of Stevie Nicks. If Stevie Nicks is dead. Is Stevie Nicks still alive?
Anyway, this was the plan:
This is what she got:
And of course, this is now The Big One's most favorite dress ever. She wore it to school today for "free dress day". She was desperate to know if I could get it washed by Thursday so she can wear it again for Thanksgiving. She'll probably wear it every weekend for the next six months.
It looks like a bad cassock.
I have total and complete sympathy with the engineers of the Tacoma Narrows bridge.