When your granddaughter asks you to dress up as the Big Friendly Giant, you dress up as the Big Friendly Giant!
Every year in the classroom, as best as I can remember it, I’ve read three different books, all by Roald Dahl, aloud to my third grade students: The BFG, Mathilda, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Of course I read others as well, but those were my favorites.
And of those three, I enjoyed The BFG most of all. Some folks have pointed out that my own height, somewhere around six feet, four inches, might have something to do with that, but that wasn’t the reason. The reason was the voices; the story lends itself to using voices, and I love doing that.
My own height standing amongst third-graders? Well, that was why I picked the BFG (the character, not the book) as who I wanted to be for character dress-up day each October. A tan Henley shirt, a brown sweater vest (someday I’ll find a leather waistcoat), a pair of green khaki pants with the hems tucked up, and some old sandals were all I needed.
One year I borrowed a black cloak, but didn’t really like it. Cloaks are one of those costume items that need to be really, well, expensively-made to go over well. The vast majority I’ve seen are too light-weight, looking more like a cape. Giants wear heavy cloaks…everyone knows that.
Anyway, back to the BFG.
I’ve been out of the classroom for a few years now (hopefully I’ll be back next year), but I still love that story and read it every so often, just for the pleasure of it.
A few months ago, my wife and I decided it was time for our granddaughters to meet the BFG. The girls spend a few hours a week at our house, and we almost always have a time where we craft. It might be something as simple as coloring, but it’s not uncommon for things to get a little messy with more involved projects. My wife even likes—gasp–glitter.
So, there we were: My wife and our granddaughters were coloring, and I was reading. It makes my heart happy to think back on the pleasure we all enjoyed during those times reading together, but, of course, the story eventually came to an end.
Or did it?
This week is Read Across America week, and a character dress-up day is part of the activities my older granddaughter’s school has planned. You can only imagine the thrill I felt when she said she wanted to be Sophie, and asked me to be the BFG!
She’s in a virtual setting right now, so she’s supposed to dress up for the online meeting. She can also take pictures for the class to see. Hmmm…pictures. I’ve been wanting to learn some simple photo manipulation for a while now, and this was the perfect excuse to do so.
So, we got together, had a lot of fun taking some pictures, and I set out to learn a new thing. I won’t go into the process, but the results are below.
Hopefully in the future we’ll be able to do this with her class in person, but I’m happy we were able to make the memories this year.