I wore a Halloween costume to work on Friday. Got my picture took for the office voting contest. I wouldn’t vote for me. I went with something I already had and wasn’t crafty or creative, but was cozy: A fuzzy adult pajama onesie for Eeyore, including a tail and Eeyore’s face on a hood. I paired this with a batty light up necklace, a bat winged light up head band over the hood, sequined black cat slippers, spider earrings and purple skeleton mask. Festive chic ready for a sleepover. I’m going to vote for either the nurse who came as a flu shot with a homemade needle sticking out of her hair like a unicorn, or the one with a lovely vibrant Frida Kahlo outfit.
My SO asked me to pick up a dessert for the weekend on the way home. Since I was going to a store in costume, I wore the whole ensemble inside, no half assed effort. Got to wave at kids who stared, fun. I’m going to miss handing out candy, but we’re skipping that this year.
None of the employees were in any costuming or seasonal wear, just white shirts and black aprons. An older woman rushed up to me:
Wm: “Oh good do you guys have any costume things left?”
Me: *pause to absorb this information*
” There’s some over there”
I pointed behind me. She was already heading in the right direction.
“But I don’t work here. I just stopped by after work and I’m, you know….” I trailed off and didn’t quite get together the end of my explanation sentence.
A nearby shopper actually laughed. Woman who needs directions was like oh! and chuckled. I continued my silent Eeyore stroll towards ice cream.
Heh. No rudeness, I don’t think she had looked at me too closely. Had a moment of “hey! Someone dressed differently, perfect!” I hope she finds something. In retrospect I wish I had thought of asking if she knew a local secondhand store usually has a large Halloween section yearly.
I’ve had a couple prior instances of people thinking I worked at a Bed Bath and Beyond or a Michaels. Those times I was like really?? because I was wearing a large winter coat and purse, either phone in hand or browsing. But one person told me they made the mistake simply because my coat is red, and that associated me with employee at first glance for them. Interesting.
I love browsing reddit stories of major and petty justice. Reading how someone stood up for right, and imagining the cutting things I’d say to blatantly rude people that would definitely deserve my sarcasm. And I have verbally sparred with some telemarketers and door to door religious invitations on the past.
As I get older, more and more I just don’t engage the crazy. Don’t answer the phone or door to anyone unknown. If someone is weird to me in public I just say no or silently shake my head and walk away. Losing my confrontational edge, but still judging you in my head, Sir.
Thank you internet stranger-friends, and have a good weekend. Ice cream recommendations: it was buy one get one free. So I got one intriguing flavor and one basic, peanut butter cookie dough and vanilla bean.