Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Mardi Gras in October?????
The Rogue Speaks:
I LOVE Mardi Gras! I don't mean the French Quarter, or Bourbon Street--I mean the REAL Mardi Gras, with the parades winding through neighborhoods, little children sitting on ladders in seats with a bar across so they can't fall out, calling, "Throw me something mister!" It really is a family time. For many years we went to Mardi Gras and dressed in the theme costumes our krewe had decided on in November. The first year it was Vikings. I knew I would never get Rod to put on a hat with horns on it, so I had to sneak us in in sweatshirts that read, "Viking? We thought you said Hiking!" In later years, he actually went along with the costume idea.
One year we were Mexican bandits, and Rod didn't shave for two weeks beforehand. Every morning, when I woke up and looked over at him, I shuddered. Mardi Gras day couldn't come soon enough for me! One year we went as Mafia gangsters, well, except for me--I went as the Don's mother, gray wig,black skirt and blouse, and a long silver crucifix hanging around my neck. One year the theme was Mardi Gras goes to the circus. You can see us all in the picture above. The ringmaster is my son-in-law. Rod was the guy who got shot out of the cannon. He even had a bandage tied around his head with blood on it!
I love Mardi Gras beads! I just can't get enough of them! I usually come home with no less than 50 pounds of beads. Here is where October comes into the picture. I don't buy candy at Halloween. It's not that I'm cheap. I just think that kids get enough of that stuff, and if I bought it, Rod would find it and eat it before the kids. Instead, I give out Mardi Gras beads. I'm know in the neighborhood as "The Bead Lady."
The kids know that when they come to our house, they can dig their sticky little hands into my big cauldron of beads and take a hand-full. They love it!
We even dress Precious up as a princess who guards the cauldron. The kids just laugh at her, though, because she had rather priss around in her costume and show off.
Just so you know, the beads in the photo are from my personal stash. They are for special ADULT parties for a very obvious reason. I'll tell you more about that when we get closer to Halloween, but today I felt like sharing my beads with you!