An all time favorite snack, a must have in the movie hall. Welcome on a lazy afternoon; it comes in many flavors salted, sweet, butter and cheese. Who wants to eat some POPCORN!!!
Before the Diwali-break we got a message from my daughter’s class teacher that all parents were to inform her, in a day or two, as to what their child would dress up as for the Fancy Dress Show at School. Also, the child had to speak some words or recite a rhyme on the stage as per their character. The teachers helped us by sending pictures of previous year’s participants, just to pick a character and take a cue… for those who did not understand what was to be done.
We also started thinking for various options what our little one could be. I checked out on various characters and finally shortlisted 3 to choose from. These were a tooth (for obvious reasons though – as I am a dentist I so wanted to dress my girl as a molar), a teapot (my daughter’s favorite nursery rhyme) and a popcorn tub (something new and not too common). I asked my daughter what she would like to dress up as. She pondered over a glass of hot chocolate she told me, “Mumma, I want to become a popcorn tub!!! Is it possible?” I knew she would pick the popcorn tub as she is very fond of popcorn. She goes for a movie just to eat popcorn and she loves it in all flavors!!!
Once I knew her choice I communicated the same to her teachers and instantly started working on it. One of my aunt’s who is a seamstress readily helped me in designing her dress and with just 3-4 discussions over the phone; the popcorn tub was finally ready.
Meanwhile, I worked on some lines for my daughter to speak out. These were, “I am a tasty tub of popcorn and I go pop, pop, pop. When Mumma puts me in the microwave, I become so big. I have many brothers and sisters who are cheesy, salty, masala and butter. Who wants to eat some popcorn? ME!!” I used to make her practice these lines so that she would be able to speak on her own on the D-day.
Finally, two days short of the show I received a courier with the dress … I think I was more excited than my daughter. The dress looked amazing … just that it was too big for my daughter. It seemed that even I could fit into it. I tried it and can you imagine it fitted beautifully.
I started looking for options for a DIY popcorn tub dress at home. Also, I spoke to my aunt on how I could rectify the dress to my little one’s size. She gave me her ideas. Time was short and I headed to the market to collect the things which I would require. Also, as a standby I bought the stuff which I would require to make a popcorn tub at home if I would not be able to repair the dress. On reaching home I tried to fix the dress by adding some cloth over the shoulders and ribbons on each side of the back so that when they were tied the tub would not fall. I covered the cloth with some acrylic cotton and spray painted it yellow to give it a buttery look. I tried it on my daughter and with much effort it took perfect shape and looked as though it was made for her. We did a complete dress rehearsal with her speaking out the lines.
D-day appeared and all the parents waited patiently for the show to begin. My daughter was the first to come on to the stage …but on seeing a large crowd and a big applause from them (as no one had ever seen a child dressed up as a popcorn tub) she refused to utter anything. She told her teacher she would come later on. Well, most of the children are aged between 2.5 to 3 years. We being adults have had many instances when we are not able to speak in front of so many people then how can we expect such tiny tots to. But to my surprise my daughter did come back in the end and she spoke her lines. This act of courage displayed by her made me, my husband as well as her teachers very proud.
Though she did not say her lines too well on the stage you can watch the same in the dress rehearsal: