The final product of our costume making made its debut down the street at the neighborhood costume party. It was a big hit with everyone, and the temperatures were very mild for late October so we got to hang out in the back yard and eat lots of good food. There were twenty kids or so, plus the grownups associated with them, and (although we didn’t photograph them) the costumes were great. E stood quietly by my elbow for awhile, not jumping right into play, which is not atypical. I finally asked her quietly if she was ready to play, thinking she was still feeling a bit shy. She looked longingly at the tiny little plastic slide, way too small for her, but entertaining the masses around her, and said “Oh, I’d like to play, I just could never slide wearing this thing.” We took it off and she was off.