June, 7, 1979
Tonight is the fasoin Show.
Me: Hi mom. Did they have a fashion show at school when I was a kid?
Me: What was that all about?
Mom: Everybody partook. You know, it was mostly the girls who made stuff in Home Ec or whatever. I don’t think you took Home Ec.
Me: I took wood shop.
Mom: So it was a fashion show put on by the students at the school. And that was that.
Me: And the kids made clothes for adults?
Mom: No, for themselves.
Me: And what, they modeled them? There’s a picture of a person in a dress on what could be a catwalk.
Mom: Mm-hmm. Yep. Yeah, so it was probably once you got up to the fifth grade. What year was it? ‘79? So you would have been eight years old. So it was probably the older kids. Because I don’t think they let kids take Home Ec until later, because of sewing machines and stuff.
Me: So everyone went to the fashion show?
Mom: Well, look, the school was so small then. I think that the majority of the people went, maybe not the younger grades. But you would have been in what, third grade?
Me: Second grade.
Mom: Oh, that’s when you did The Happening Book. And you probably saw the fashion show in school first, and then they did it at nighttime for the adults.
Me: Wow. They did two performances? What else went on there?
Mom: They might have had refreshments afterwards, but that’s all.
Mom: My god, I can’t believe you’re doing this book thing. I mean, it’s so amazing that you have all this information in this book that you did in second grade.
Me: I think it would only be amazing if it had a feature-length review of the show, written in kicky prose.
Mom: Oh, don’t be silly.