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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
No matter how cool a teenager's mom and dad may be, few teens get through high school without their parents embarrassing them. There's not much worse for a high school student than having your dad wave at you as you get on the school bus every morning. Rain Price, who is thrilled the school year is finally over because his dad took the embarrassment factor to a new level by always wearing a crazy costume.
"When he did it the first day I was in shock," Rain said. "It's my first day of sophomore year."
The idea caught on for Dale Price and he wore a costume to wave at the bus all year long... 170 costumes worth. And all are documented chronologically on their family blog, Wave at the Bus.blogspot.com. Within just the most recent posts, you can find classic costumes like a Pirate, Leprechaun, Ninja, Gypsy, Vampire, Werewolf and well-known character costumes from The Little Mermaid, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Snow White, Peter Pan, Pocahontas, Alice in Wonderland.
"No recycling of costumes, that's the rule," Dale said. "I managed to adhere to that and for better for worse, we have some interesting costumes."
Or maybe embarrassing would be the better word.
"You don't want to see your dad dressing up in a wedding dress, waving at you on the bus," Rain said.
But for the students on the bus, it turned into a great way to start the day. And though Dale admits it did take a lot of effort to keep it up, it's a crusade he believes was worthwhile.
But don't expect Rain to be thanking his dad. "His reward is seeing my embarrassment," he laughed.
"I hope this lives with him for the rest of his life," Dale said. He hopes he’ll tell his kids “If you think you are embarrassed by me, you should have seen your grandfather.”
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