my mom, the picnic table!

Seeing that Halloween is this weekend I thought I would bring you up to speed on my childhood Halloween adventures! :) Well, actually it has to deal with that LOVELY photo of my Mother you see below! Yup…..folks, that is my Mom! :)

Halloween costumes, Emily Steffen, Emily Steffen Photography

You see, if anyone knows my Mom, you know that this photo sums her up quite well. She was quirky, fun and quite entertaining! :)

It was Halloween week and I, a freshman in high school, had just finished up a GRUELING week of non-stop hockey try outs for the varsity team. I had sweated, barfed, skated, and sweated some more in an attempt to secure a spot on a team that I had been hoping for all summer. Since I was a freshman I didn’t have my license or a car to drive myself back and forth, so my Mom would come and pick me up after our afternoon session. Thursday finally came which was the final day of tryouts (and it also happened to be Halloween); the team was going to be posted that night. All of the girls were going home to shower, eat some dinner and race back up to the arena to see who had secured a spot as a varsity player. I walked out of the arena, exhausted from the week, and spotted my Mom’s car in the parking lot. “GOOD, she’s here already!” I thought. I then looked up, only to see what I thought was the most embarrassing thing OF ALL TIME!┬áMy mother was wearing, from head to toe, a picnic table costume (hence, the above photo) that was complete with the red and white checker board cloth pattern, fake ants (because every picnic has ants duh?!), and plastic plates of with hot glued kids play-food set out as “meals” across her chest. And to make matters worst she had a sprite can with a glass and a straw as her “hat” to complete the ensemble. She was walking towards me, arm straight up in the air waving me down, yelling in the most Midwestern of Midwestern accents “Did ya’ make the team honey….did ya’?!?!” I bolted back inside hoping that I could just melt into the floor out of sheer embarrassment so that no one would associate me with her and her ungodly costume. I was mortified. I FOR SURE thought that even if I had made the team this year, they would re-think their decision given the state of my family’s wardrobe choice.

But that was my Mom. Despite my 15-year-old embarrassed self she never EVER was worried about what people thought….she was who she was and PROUD of it. Sure, there were plenty of times that I wanted to shrivel up and pretend that I belonged to another family while we were in public because she was being “Jill” but I look back on it now and smile. I smile because there aren’t too many people in the world that are comfortable in their own skin; we try to talk like other people, dress like that Gap model and act like someone else we know. Despite my Mother’s embaressing wardrobe choice (and the other hockey girls can attest to the fact that she had some good ones, like that fact that she dressed up like a puck, yes a puck, for our hockey banquet one year) I know the world would be a much better place if there were more Jill’s walking around. Confident about the way we were made and proud to be who we are.

I love you Momma….Happy Halloween everyone! :)

  • October 29, 2010 - 10:41 am

    Aubrey - So funny! I love it!

  • October 29, 2010 - 10:42 am

    Kerry - Yay for Jill!
    Thanks for the story and the picture, EmilySchmemily!

  • October 29, 2010 - 10:53 am

    avery - This is such a great photo! My favorite part is that her smile looks JUST LIKE YOURS! Also, that is SO like something you would do: dress up and/or plan something hysterical, just to make others laugh! You really have a knack for making other peoples’ day, Em. I hope you carry on this tradition of picking up your own kids from sports practice in costume. (thick Minnesota accent included)

  • October 29, 2010 - 11:34 am

    Krista Sikorski - You forgot to add super creative and talented. Seriously, who is a picnic table for halloween and can actually pull it off and made the whole thing herself? Great picture, thanks for posting it. Do you have puck picture too? :D

  • October 29, 2010 - 11:46 am

    Laura Ivanova - Hehehe, this is a beautiful post! I love it Emily and this wonderful story of your mother totally brightened my day!

  • October 29, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    Jana - Your mom was one of a kind and always the best – and you are following in her footsteps!! What a great story!

  • October 29, 2010 - 4:07 pm

    becky - I love the picture and the story! I can just picture her wearing the costume, and can hear your asking if ya made the team! Thanks for posting the story! Made me smile! :)

  • October 30, 2010 - 8:29 am

    Emily Rudolph - That is such a great story. Your mom sounds like she was one amazing woman. I wish I could have that confidence. She is an inspiration!

  • October 30, 2010 - 11:08 am

    Maren D - THAT IS AMAZING. I wish I would have thought of something so genius as a picnic.

  • November 8, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    Elizabeth Anne - Beyond amazing! lovelovelove!

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