Nov 26, 2020

Indian Shirts

Ahhhh, Covid.  Ruiner of lives and canceller of plans.  One of our favorite, if most culturally insensitive, Parkview traditions is the making and wearing of "Indian shirts" in kindergarten.  The extra large white t-shirts are lovingly tea dyed, cut, and beaded by the parents, then painted at school by the room moms and the kindergarteners.  They all choose an Indian name to be emblazoned on the back and worn with pride at the class Thanksgiving feast.  The TK kids dress as turkeys, which is generally pretty accurate for that group.  Then the shirts are tucked away with care into mom's closet to wait patiently for senior year, when they are pulled back out and reworn,  sometimes in quite the spandex-y fashion thanks to the growth that the students have experienced in the interim 12 years.  It is all very sweet and the type of thing that brings tears to the eyes of parents and laughter to the faces of children as they watch their friend the middle linebacker try to stretch his tiny t-shirt over his not tiny grown up self...





Corinne goes down in the record books as the only child in our family who actually helped bead her own Indian shirt...













She helped paint her shirt on pajama day at school during homecoming week...

So why the extensive backyard photo shoot with all the siblings, you might be wondering? Well, the day before Corinne's 6th birthday party, we asked a certain family member to test for Covid due to a recent exposure.  That test came back positive...as did the test that we had Stella take just as a precaution since we were planning to host guests the next day.  Stella had shown no symptoms whatsoever with the exception of one minor headache, but what 12 year old doesn't have an occasional headache?  Well, surprise, surprise.  We were all placed on quarantine, ruining Corinne's birthday party plans and causing her to miss her big kindergarten Thanksgiving feast, which is literally the social event of the entire kindergarten year at Parkview...we were all devastated for the poor little squaw.  To make it up to her, we dug out all the Indian shirts and put on our war paint for these photos...

Stella's Indian name was "Raining Star"...
Corinne chose "Pretty Maiden," for obvious reasons and because Corinne means Maiden...





Watts' Indian name was just "Eagle."  I tried to talk him out of it, but that's what he chose.  He's a man of few words. To see how his shirt fit in kindergarten, click here.  




Cille's was "Shining Light."  To see Shining Light in kindergarten, click here.

Cille clearly didn't get this pose...


Before we know it, Stella will be wearing this shirt again! 



 

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