When I Was in Junior High, My Home-Ec Class Had a Fashion Show During Which We Modeled What We’d Sewn, and All I Remember Is Being Mortified Because My Mom Was Weeping As I Galumphed Down the “Catwalk” in My Navy Polyester Slacks

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  1. ds says:

    Congratulations, Allegra-Girl! Well done. Dancing and squealing, Mom. You done good.

  2. Friko says:

    Dancing and squealing.
    Well, actually, more like galumphing and squealing.

    Do I get the impression that I am in the vicinity of a very proud mum? Brag away, proud mum, brag away. Why wouldn’t you.

  3. chlost says:

    I am not sure why this is, but I feel proud of her, as well! Squealing! Dancing! Cheering! Yay Allegra!!!

    I love the essay. It is a huge debate in our family right now, as our granddaughter is of kindergarten age, and our daughter-in-law has decided to “try homeschooling”. Oh, wait, does my opinion show? Anyway, I think Allegra did a great job in this entire magazine spread, and I completely understand you and Byron and Paco being absolutely over the moon proud of her. Congratulations!

  4. That’s really fantastic. And I love the honesty in the essay. I wouldn’t home school my own unless I were in a situation where that was the only option. And I’ve seen tragic cases where dreadfully unqualified people homeschooled their kids.

    Incidentally – I had to model my middle school home ec creation, too – we made denim wrap skirts. At a time when I did NOT wear skirts. It scarred me, I tell you.

  5. lime says:

    what an exciting thing for allegra and your family. you have every right to giggle and squeal like a tween. that is one honest girl there and between her going back to be the star inn her class this year and being able to verbalize how frustrating homeschooling was as a student i think we get a nice snapshot of the pros and cons. either way, pat yourselves on the back for raising such a confident, eloquent, and poised young lady.

  6. Vicky says:

    Definitely squealing and giggling for Allegra! I can understand the frustration of home-schooling, I got Modern Maths and when I asked my father to help me, he did things a completely different way and it always ended up in tears! In fact, I’m not sure why I asked him. But great news for Girl, and it must must be a great booster for self-confidence.

  7. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    SQUEEEEEEE! She looks so pretty–sounds so articulate–and strikes me as completely wholesome midwest awesomeness. I can’t WAIT to hold the actual mag in my hands!

  8. Bone says:

    Wow, so much to comment on, so much time!

    1. I sewed a pair of jam shorts in Home Ec. Fortunately, I kept them so that I was able to blog photographic evidence a few years ago.

    2. Can I get in on this Words With Friends?

    3. I really need to watch the British version of The Office. The American version jumped the shark long ago.

    4. There’s a Jelly Belly factory near Milwaukee!?!? I’ve been to Milwaukee before. I did not know this.

    5. It was really hard to focus once you mentioned Jelly Belly’s. (Or is it Bellies?) Buttered popcorn… mmmm.

    6. Congrats! To you and Allegra.

  9. pam says:

    Your girl knows how to rise up to a challenge and scoop the prize. Congratulations to all – raising children is not easy, neither is being one, and I love to see your successes and pride in such well-deserved achievements. Such wonderful adventures you’ve all had as a family, all based on “having a go”. Loved this post – such a buzz seeing the magazine photos – thanks!

  10. Chantal says:

    awe! How awesome is that! Way to go Allegra! She is growing up so fast!

  11. geewits says:

    I can not wait to see my husband’s face when I send him to Barnes & Noble to get this magazine for me. I wish I could record it.

  12. Jess says:

    Allegra is da bomb.

  13. Allegra is soooo beautiful and clearly has a radiant personality. What a delightful experience for her! Congratulations to the charming cover girl as every page in which she appears is a cover.

    I sympathize completely with you as I have also been attacked by stinging nettle AND poison oak/ivy/sumac in every bodily crevice. Cortisone helps a little, but it is surely one of life’s more odious experiences. I would rather see you in a magazine, too, Girlfriend. Feel better soon!

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