Normally I'm not a fan of the color green, since it represents the Green Bay Packers, but last weekend I made an exception.
I was nothing but green when I put on the Jolly Green Giant costume for Giant Days.
However, it wasn't my first time in a costume.
When I worked at Chili's Bar and Grill in high school, I was known to put on the red chili pepper suit and greet incoming customers from both the road and inside the restaurant. So, needless to say, I have some pretty good experience.
My year working with children before I came to the Register also prepared me. I like to think I know where they are coming from and understand the urges why they ask so many ridiculous questions.
At first, when I was asked to be the giant, I will admit I was a bit nervous.
But, as I was leading a group of kids in a train line, dancing and singing, it really hit me that I was enjoying myself.
Last Friday night people of all ages came out to celebrate the giant's 35th birthday. It was entertaining to see people's reactions to my creative answers to questions such as, "why are you green," "how much did they have to bribe you to do this" and my favorite, "are you really the green giant because I still see your standing statue."
So parents of Blue Earth, when your children ask you why the giant is green you need to reply with, "well, besides eating many peas, the giant stores all the grass during the winter time and eats it all up." If you say anything else, then your children will think the green giant is a liar and we can't have that now, can we?
Also, yes, Santa Claus is related to the green giant, as I told many Blue Earthians. He is his brother's, roommate's, best friend's second cousin.
My excitement grew as my co-workers would discuss with me the type of voice I needed to use.
Yes, I was warned that not every child will like me and for the most part, I believe it went pretty well. There were only two kids who looked at me, turned away, looked again and bawled their eyes out.
At the end of the day, I?washed off all of my green makeup, only to re-apply it all the next afternoon for the parade. Surprisingly, it came off quite easily with about five minutes of non-stop vigorous scrubbing.
All I could think about before taking the makeup off were the horror stories I was told about people still coming into work with a light green shade still on their face. I am happy to tell you all that I returned to my subtle tan skin color immediately.
My secret weapon? It was PAM cooking spray. I was told to use a lotion or some kind of oil. Well, since I didn't really have either, the back ingredients of the PAM label listed three oils. So, why not? And yes, I?did smell a bit like butter for a long while, but it wore off eventually.
The green hair dye and face paint slowly trickled down the drain of my shower and left an ever-lasting memory in me and my towels, door knob, car door and cell phone.
Even though green really isn't my favorite color, I sure did enjoy sporting it over Giant Days.