Last week, my daughter’s Girl Scout troop was decorating t-shirts for Halloween. Now, ever since we’ve gotten back from Africa the only thing my little Jane Goodall can talk about is all the animals we saw, and when can we go on another safari, and can she please come. She even made me a picture book of drawings of all the animals we showed her. She was not even scared when I told her we came across a giraffe that had been eaten by a lion on the side of the road. She is, for sure, my kid.
Anyway, they were doing some tie-dye shirts and stencilling them with Halloween decorations. We have a great leader. She more than makes up for our troop’s utterly useless co-leader (that would be me.) She did all the work and I just kind of watched, in awe, as she expertly bedazzled 14 picky kids’ shirts.
She put eyeballs on pumpkins. She put earrings on skeletons. And then, she nodded somberly at my daughter’s request, and as I looked on in amused approval, she put two eyes on one zombie giraffe.
The place we were staying at Tarangire, by the way, was crawling with fruit bats, so this is top to bottom a perfectly authentic African Halloween t-shirt. Right down to the colors.
I might ask her to make one for me next.