So it was no surprise when my younger son decided he wanted to be Captain Jack Sparrow for Halloween in 2006, when the movie alternated with the latest Star Wars film on a seemingly endless loop on our television. While I'm not particularly crafty, I decided I could make a convincing costume for him, and I set about stringing beads, buying fabric, and sewing, gluing, and pinning things together. I loved the costume and I still think it's the best one I ever "made".
Nine years later, I pulled the old DVD out because I assigned it to my writing class for homework. Yes, that's right, they had to watch a movie--this one is a good exercise in Goal, Motivation, and Conflict for the characters. My son found me watching it and settled in. By the time it was over, he had decided what he wanted to be for this Halloween--Captain Jack Sparrow, again.
I'm fairly organized, and those old pirate accessories I made were still packed in our costume box. Of course, he was much too big now for the shirt and vest. He declared the plastic sword "too small" and insisted he needed the hat and dreadlocks this time. But as a nod to the past, I was able to reuse the strings of beads from the headpiece, the sword belts, and the long red-and-white sash.
I couldn't resist snapping a picture in the same spot, all these years and feet and inches later, and making a little collage. My heart twinges a bit at the incredible changes that have occurred in less than a decade--where does the time go? But the memories make me smile, and my teenage boy is still the sweet kid he was in pre-school. Just another reminder to enjoy every second!
|Captain Jack Sparrow - 2006/2015|