By Diane Ako
Olivia said she's tired of her green walls and asked me to paint her room pink. I said no.
It took me three years to paint the chalkboard wall. She might get pink walls by graduation. By then her favorite color will be blue.
I told her the next biggest thing we could do the change the room would be to change the curtains. She has drapes that are 80 inches long, so it practically takes up the wall.
She was excited, so I brought her to the fabric store to pick out material. In my mind, I envisioned super cute tokidoki curtains. Maybe, for variety, three different backgrounds but all fitting the same character theme. (Sanrio set me up well to become a fan of tokidoki.)
I remember when I was a child, my tastes ran so counter to what the adults liked. When I crafted with my mother and aunts (which was constant), I always thought their suggestions for my projects were so boring. Now, I'm that boring adult.
The first thing she asked for in the store was a fuzzy rug material that was neon green and fluorescent pink. <?!?> For curtains?? No.
Also, knowing that she changes her mind every other week, I told her it would have to be fabric on a budget. I gave her a price limit of $4 a yard, though I ended up giving in and letting her go up to $6 a yard.
To my amusement/ horror, she wanted three different materials for the three separate curtain panels. Olivia has always been really colorful so it wasn't a total surprise, but none of her materials match. I pointed that out, but she didn't care.
Then, the project gets more elaborate. She saw the notions section with all the sequins, ribbon roses, and lace, and asked me to embellish the curtains.
"Honey, this is rather complicated for Mommy. I'm not the best seamstress. I'm a desk worker," I pushed back.
"But! You ARE THE BEST seamstress! You made me that skirt! Please?" she said sincerely.
And visions of Super Mommy danced in my head. I acquiesced. "OK. Pick out the decorations."
I walked out of the store having spent double the money and committing to double the work.
Two weeks later, I finally finished the curtains. Naturally, it took even longer than I thought because half the notions needed to be hand sewn.
Good grief. If I was more experienced I could have realized that in the store and rejected it.
They are pretty cute, though when taken as a collective, so mismatched!