Friday, May 10, 2013

I've Been Robbed!

Erin in one of her creations. All her costumes are accurate to the time period.  The skirt alone weighed nearly ten pounds!


Recently, my daughter Erin and family attended the Renaissance Faire near Pasadena, California.  In years past, Erin had been an active member of the Guild which provided an Elizabethan presence, complete with all degrees of nobility.  Normally, Erin and Brian would have been clothed in expensive and accurate costumes she has created over the years.
  
Sunshine's first Faire in her mother's arms

The problems were that Bright Eyes and Sunshine have outgrown their old costumes.
 
Erin, Sunshine, Brian, and Bright Eyes

They went to the Faire as tourists, in shorts and sandals and lathered in sunscreen.  The girls wore tattered fairy wings left over from Halloween, and they had a grand time, the best Erin could remember.  

Freedom from the heavy costumes and the burden of being in character allowed them to explore, experience, run, and play.  

Freedom—aaahhhh.

At the end of the day, they arrived home drenched in sweat and caked in dust-turned-mud.  Erin took the girls in through the garage, stripped them down, and threw the damp clothes straight into the washer.

Bright Eyes is a modest 8 ½ year-old.  She wrapped a large shirt around herself, and ran up to the bath tub. 

But Sunshine, oh 7 year-old Sunshine.  She was born nude and would live her entire life as a nudist, if given the chance.  She stripped down and streaked through the house.  She ran into Daddy at the foot of the stairs, only then realizing that she was naked.

Sunshine smiled big, threw her arms open wide, and exclaimed, “I’ve been robbed!”  Giggling, she raced up the stairs to join her sister in the tub.

Robbed, in deed.

Freedom: aaahhhhhh!

30 comments:

  1. The innocence of the young. Where did it go?

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  2. How delicious. What an bright and open spirit.

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  3. Delores and Joanne--both gr-daughters are delightful and loving. I am so blessed.

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    1. I wish the photos could show the precise beading Erin put onto each costume.

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  5. What a sweet story! Really made me smile, how cute. And the photos are lovely too. :)

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    1. Bright Eyes and Sunshine provide me with so much material for writing!

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  6. LOL she sure thought quick on her feet

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    1. She has a quick mind and imagination.

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  7. A clothes robber! I'll watch my back

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  8. Hi Susan,

    Ah, such wondrous time they haveth. And thus such clothing and this tale of such a day, remindeth me of what it looks like in this town on a daily basis :)

    A joyous weekend to you and thine family.

    Gary

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    1. And, thou as well. I shall write anon.

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  9. Ahh to be young and that free! What a cute story. When I read the title I thought you had been actually robbed!.....so glad it was a good story instead.
    blessings,Joanne

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    1. Wondered about that! But it was such a good lead-in line.

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  10. Sunshine is well-named. It sounds like she brightens your lives like nobody's business.

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    1. Sunshine always has something insightful to say.

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  11. Huge smiles. Thank you to you - and of course to Sunshine.

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    1. Bright Eyes and Sunshine light up our lives.

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  12. Adorable! I would love to have one of those costumes (and would love even more to have the patience and knack to be able to make them). My kids were born nudists, and I'm trying to get them to understand a bit about modesty now. Can't say I blame them, though.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. Those costumes--amazing detail and crazy amount of work!

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  13. My girls loved the faire when they were young...we were only ever tourists. Sunshine sounds like she is well-named! Happy Mother's Day to you!

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  14. What a line. That little gal takes after her Grandmother. Hahahaha

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    1. I will have to tell her that! I will see her tomorrow, pick her up at her school.

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  15. Ah, kids really do say the greatest things. Happy Mother's Day!

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    1. One never knows what they will create. What a hoot.

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  16. Ah, but before she was robbed, she was robed. The joy and freedom of youth. Indeed!

    Happy Mothers Day!

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  17. Now that's a quick-thinking little sprite! She'd fit right in around here! And I LOVE those costumes! The details are amazing. I stand in awe!!!

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!