The Shoemaker & the Elves: Week 28

The audience of video cameras sat excitedly before a psychedelic mushroom forest  re-purposed from the previous year’s Christmas Pageant.

 We are elves,

Let’s make some shoes.

We are elves,

We’ll work for you.

 Retreating to my position behind the door, I became the coordinator for the movement of small costumed bodies. Through a small window my coworker signaled me from behind multiple CD players while another instructor gesticulated at the back of the room in hopes of jogging memory of the lead female. Just after the shoemaker discovered a new pair of shoes, the understudy for the Pretty Girl exited.

 I’m so beautiful, I’m so beautiful,

What kind of shoes are right for me?

I’m so beautiful, I’m so beautiful,

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes I can see!

 My head elf had just sprung a nose bleed and the fluorescent green booger that had patched the dam was lying useless in his hand. “Quickget a tissue!” There was still time to keep the operation running smoothly. “Handsome man, don’t touch your hat!”

I’m so good-looking, I’m so good-looking,

What kind of shoes are right for me?

I’m so good-looking, I’m so good-looking,

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes I can see!

 The reversible felt elf costumes were flipped inside out and their props reattached. “Quiet line! Quiet line! No touching the door! No touching the clock!” It was slightly less futile than herding kittens.

 Clothes for the kind elves,

So much they have helped.

All night by themselves,

They are very kind to us!

Clothes for the kind elves,

Yes, clothes for the kind elves.

 Ten minutes after opening the show, I walked back out and thanked the parents for attending. After two months of award chart additions and subtractions my first open house had come to a conclusion.

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