Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vintage Thingy Thursday....Me!

Since Halloween is just around the corner.....I wanted to write about the Halloweens of my childhood, but couldn't find ANY pictures!

I did however, find pics from my figure skating days 1973-1977. Every May (around Mother's Day) we would have a recital with costumed numbers,programms and soloists.

We were cast according to age and height. My first year I was a Pierrot (some sort of sad clow-I couldn't find the translation) and also in the chorus of a number called 'Buttons and Bows'.

It was the ugliest costume, I remember it well! A polyester rust short dress with a big sequin button in front. My parents probably didn't fork over money for that ugly pic!LOL

Every time I hear the song I think of that costume and of Frasier Crane at the PBS fundraiser singing 'Buttons and Bows'. babetipoo, bibediboo,lalalala buttons and bows!

Second year I was cast in Tea for Two. I was a tea bag!

Ewwwww! I wanted so much to be a sugar cube or a spoon. And the choreographer didn't want us to sit on our tea leaves...

Third year it was Cowboys and Indians....Yes I was an indian! Even if my hair was really long and strait and I could put it in braids no problem, I had to wear that bad Phentex-sy wig.
My head was itchy and sweaty...eeeeewwwww! Very traumatic for an 11 year old girl!

My last year I was in a Xmas number. I think the theme of the show was holidays around the world....
The other skaters would call us 'the little checkerd jars' which is a reference to a jam company in Quebec, Vachon and they sold their jams in petits pots carrot├ęs (little checkered jars).
I remember being cold in the costume because of those sleeves where all the cold air from the ice would seep in!
All those costumes were rented, so the instructors would tell us over and over again to be careful and not ruin the costume....
Of course my proud parents would bring the whole family to these recitals. My Mom would say everytime: I recognize because you're the only one with straight legs!
Since I had earned all my badges, it was time for some private lessons which were mucho dinero and didn't coincide with my school schedule, so figure skating was out.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the original VTT over at Colorado Lady
Later faithful readers! :)


Postcardy said...

Those are cute pictures. Those recitals must have been a lot of fun.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Oh those are adorable! Well, you are...that tea bag, not so much!

Coloradolady said...

How fun, and loved hearing about your ice skating daughter took dance, and always wanted to be something other than what she was in certain numbers...too funny. Have a great VTT! and a great weekend.

Lindy said...

Those pictures were a hoot! It's good that we can look back and laugh at ourselves sometimes! Happy VTT!

Allison of Dominant Hands said...

Love these pictures. Great stories.

Maureen said...

I cracked up when I saw your title! And your pictures have to be a trip down memory lane. The excitement of the recital, getting dressed up and putting on make-up!

Like you, I don't have any Halloween pics from my childhood either. On the other hand, I have TONS of pictures of my kids.

I think it was mandatory for all Canadian kids to skate. At least for figure skating we were in the arena. For hockey and broomball we (the girls!) had to use the outdoor rinks. Brrrrr. But such fond memories.

~~Carol~~ said...

What great and funny stories about your skating days! The costumes are really something! You were a cute little girl, and you look like you were enjoying yourself!
Happy VTT!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Sweet pictures. What cute outfits.


Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh how adorable!

What fun to see the costumes thru the years, and how you grew and changed. What wonderful memories.

I could not skate unless i was sliding on my butt.

But I could water ski. It was just frozen water I had a problem with.

Happy Halloween!


Kathi Fly said...

What cool pictures! Funny costumes but good memories! Thanks for sharing!

Roslyn said...

Oh the indignities of childhood!

Debbie said...

Sounds like it was fun. You have some great photos.

concretenprimroses said...

Loved your costumes and stories. Such a great collection.
Pierott is in a french movie called "Children of Paradise" from the 1940s. He is a theatrical performer in the movie, but I think Pierott was his stage name and may refer to a mime character that already existed.
If you ever see it, you'll learn where Michael Jackson got his moon walking!

SueLovesCherries said...

You were a cute kid! I'd much rather see these costumes than ghosts and ghouls, anyway!