- Posted August 21, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Dragon*Con costumes and more
Variety is the spice of my life
- Anika3, CNN iReport producer
I guess those memories, in addition to nurturing my love of gardening, left me with an appreciation for clothing as an occasion -- as a spectacle -- in and of itself. Like many people, I wear "normal" business casual clothes to my 9-6 job as a web analyst, something more formal for interviews and client meetings, and jeans or shorts with a tee shirt on weekends. But I've never forgotten that joy of spectacle with which she gifted me: the pure pleasure of wearing a special outfit to commemorate a specific time, place or event, historic or fictional.
I've been blessed in my life to have married a man who shares my appreciation for drama and spectacle, as well as for fencing and history. Although our costumes often require hours of work - he is working on a breastplate even as I type this and I spent over 100 hours on one of my costumes last year - it is a welcome diversion from the everyday things that most adults have to do. And it gives us the opportunity to pretend - if only for a little while - that we are someone other - pirates, warriors, elves, sorcerers, characters from books or legend.
Why settle for "normal"?