THIS is what I imagined my astronaut costume was going to look like! Back then you couldn't just go down to Party City and buy a realistic astronaut costume. You had to make it yourself with scissors and Scotch Tape and boxes and paint and no parental supervision whatsoever.
For the helmet, I cut a hole in a big cardboard ice-cream bucket. Perfect! For the body, I found a long, thin cardboard box, in which I cut arm and neck holes.
I got DOWN our front steps to meet my group of friends just fine. Problem was that at the first house I realized something important: I couldn't get up the steps. The cardboard box "spacesuit" was too tight around my legs and waist. My friends hopped up the steps to get their candy, and ran off to the next home, while I, the lost, lonely astronaut stood at the bottom of the step in the darkness of space, holding my bag out hoping they'd notice me. They didn't. After a couple houses I gave up and went home.
I changed into to that all time great desperation costume, "bum" or "hobo." By the way, I confess to using the words "bum" or "hobo"in my youth, which I now regret deeply. "Cleanliness Challenged" is, I believe the preferred tearm today.
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