Why, Bossy, what is this cacophony of color, you may be asking, and Bossy will tell you:
You are looking at a ring on the table left behind by a very hot bowl of soup. OK, you may not be looking at that, but Bossy is, because Bossy’s table is a hand-me-down farm table which is very old and Bossy has had it for two decades but she still doesn’t know how to care for it, which is usually fine as most scars just add character, but occasionally something like this hot soup thing will happen which isn’t shabby chic but rather scabby chic and Bossy has no idea how to get rid of it without polishing her entire table which she’s afraid to do lest it become sticky or worse, discolored.
Oh sorry, you’re here for the Poverty Party? Right.
You’re looking at a photo of $8 tulips which are now nothing but a vase of tu losing their lips but for the last week they have brought great joy to Bossy so she isn’t here to talk about the price of flowers or how she shouldn’t be splurging on them.
No, you are looking at a costume, and it belongs to Bossy’s daughter. She is a tap dancer and a few other things Bossy is yet to understand in her Middle School production of Bugsy Malone. The flapper skirt was handmade by the costume department, but also pictured here are the tap shoes, which are not to be confused with character shoes which look exactly the same and cost exactly the same except they don’t have taps.
Bossy’s daughter is an actress and Bossy and her husband are very proud of her dedication which is wholly hers, but the point: kid hobbies tend to be expensive, and this one is no exception.
Bossy likes to make lists of hobbies her daughter didn’t select to make herself feel better: it’s not sailing or horseback riding or coal mining, but acting does entail musical theater classes and participation fees and the occasional equipment update, which amounts to tap shoes, ballet shoes, character shoes, dance sneakers, jazz shoes, and other shoes, all at various, completely inconvenient times.
Bossy’s daughter is situated in a network of stage hand-me-downs, but her feet grow so fast and she never seems to be the correct hand-me-down size at the correct time, although Bossy isn’t beyond binding her feet.
And that, that is the end.