by Dave Bass
Mooreland Elementary School didn’t have a cafeteria. The bus would take you to school in the morning, take you home for lunch, back to school for the afternoon and finally back home at the end of the day. For Halloween, Mooreland had a parade outside during the afternoon session. Students were to dress up in their costumes during lunch. Dad, having recently returned from a tour in Viet Nam, had brought home some memorabilia, including a set of black Vietnamese pajamas (as he referred to them). My sisters saw a great opportunity to make a costume for me using the “pajamas”. Sheets of colorful iron-on material were cut into hand prints, polka dots and other shapes and pressed on the pajamas to make a clown costume. A bald clown wig on my head. A pillow stuffed in front for a big fat belly. Returning to school, at the parade, the other kids didn’t comment on my costume, but rather found it great fun to repeatedly punch me in the “fat” stomach. I’m scarred for life.