While Munchkins wander about at their leisure eating candy and looking huggable, Minions help carry out plans for world domination. This week the Minions met the Munchkins and it was a match made in Happy Buddha Land.
It all started with makeup. I couldn’t get any takers to model my wares for the shop, so the first round of photos were taken of me, by me on a timer in my very hot kitchen slash living room slash my house is small…2 days before I had to move out.
This means I had to get out the makeup that’s been on hiatus since….well and literally go dig my hair straightener out of the trash can. I stayed up all night wrestling with chargers, websites, apps, and all things I hate. After being up for 40 hours straight, my original aesthetic vision for the Make Our Day Shop had been severely compromised, my house destroyed and I had to head off to teach the Minions.
I arrived with day old make-up melting off my face to a room full of happy high school students anxious to see me after 2 days apart. “Ohhhhhhhhh Teacha wary be yoooooo tee ful today.” I burst into tears. “Oh no teacha wary sorry is beautiful every day.”
I showed them what I was working on and they immediately offered up Bob, our resident ladyboy, as a model. He was ready to answer the call and I thought, Bob you may have the posture and poise of Grace Kelly but you have the BO and sweaty 5 o’clock shadow of the 16 year old boy you are and I need these clothes to sell. He was smiling at me and I said, “I wish you could Bob, but these clothes are for girls.”
After that idea was out the window, the Minions had a little pow wow. Teacha…why you want to make a shop? You not like to have your job as Teacha? You want be model? I assured them I wasn’t trading the chalk for the makeup bag anytime soon and that contrary to opinions of local shop owners, I hadn’t been missing a ton of calls from Maxim.
We talked about the Munchkins, their school, their family situations, and looked through pictures of all the holidays and birthdays we’ve spent together the past year. They asked questions and immediately wanted to learn Fear Not. After another pow wow they said, Ok…..we going to help you.
They gave up their last Saturday of summer break and showed up 3 hours before playdate time to do the prep that normally takes me hours to do alone every Friday night, photographed the rest of the inventory for the shop AND made the Instagram and Shopify ads.
After some Tom Yum and green tea, I took them to Munchkinland along with volunteers Megan and Chareese. They continued to impress me with their positive attitudes and willingness to get involved. The confidence and joy it brought them was unmatched by any other project we’ve done together. On the ride home they were talking a mile a minute about their new little sisters and brothers and asking if they could plan next week’s lesson. I wanted to cry again but I can’t imagine how much that would have confused them.
It has always been my goal to have my private students volunteer but because I am not fluent enough to communicate my plans with their parents, it’s never really panned out. After seeing the Minions meet the Munchkins, I know Big Brothers Big Sisters has to move to the top of the list.
So here is what my Minions have for you today. Next week I’ll teach them invoicing and balance sheets so they can see what we earned and decide how to best spend the money.
I realize the readers of my blog and the market for these clothes are not one and the same….(we may have been having snow cones for breakfast instead of pursuing the market research phase of this plan) but if you would like or share our FB page ( http://facebook.com/makeourdayshop ), we may be able drum up a sale or two that way. We also won’t turn down any contributions of cash, crayola, or cash to buy crayola. Link to donate: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=XZC7FPFWTY8FN&lc=US&item_name=Teacha%20Katie¤cy_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted
Special thanks to Megan and Jocelyn for hosting me and helping out and Brooke for picking up hashtag duty…..that’s where I threw in the towel.