Ok, technically it was my Sweet Boy dressed up as President William H. Taft.
Every year the entire fourth grade creates a wax museum. The children are given a list of names of individuals who were either born, raised or positively influenced the state of Arizona. Now I have to tell you that Sweet Boy is a little like Alex P. Keaton.
Even though the list contained several notable actors, sports figures and his favorite director, Sweet Boy’s number one choice was President Taft. Let’s just say he didn’t have to fight anyone for the right. The boy can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Taft (and several other presidents as well).
The children have to create a backboard and write/memorize a 30 second speech on the individual and their relationship with the state of Arizona. They have a button drawn on their hand and when “pushed” they recite their speech.
Most of the children also dress as their characters. You find such notables as:
Sandra Day O’Connor
Native American hero Lori Piestewa
For all the Twihard Fans:
As well as a very shy John Wayne.
There were many, many more kids. The entire cafeteria was transformed into a huge wax museum. Sweet Boy occasionally stopped to check that his mustache was still in place.
Indeed he obsessed about his entire costume for weeks. He had to get everything just right. Even down to the pocket watch. Luckily, his great grandfather Wescott was a very patriotic man as well. His watch featured the Statue of Liberty on one side…
… and the American eagle on the other.
The entire family came to watch his performance.
When someone would question him about Taft being our largest President Sweet Boy would push out his stomach and say “Yes, it was true.”
Yes, Sweet Boy took his part very seriously. Sometimes I can’t believe he’s only 10.
Who’s your favorite president?