Trends With Tricia: Five Things I Learned About Being A Mascot

Five Things I Learned About Being A Mascot

I went out of my comfort zone this year and embraced the fact that I am a card carrying member of the PTA, soccer mom and taxi cab service.  So when the email went out with the charge to the PTA board members to help out for two hours dressed as Clifford the Big Red Dog for the Heritage Elementary students during the Scholastic Book Fair, I went ahead and raised my paw, er, hand.

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Don't I look cute and cozy?!  My two hour stint as Clifford was quite fun and rewarding.  Here are five things I learned today that you might want to keep in mind if you ever decide to volunteer to wear a mascot costume.

1.  IT'S HOT.  I was happy that it was 35 outside but in the sweatsuit that is Clifford, it was 127 degrees.  You think I'm kidding.  I could feel sweat dripping down my back just getting the suit on.  I decided to wear an Under Armour shirt and capri workout pants.  They were both completely saturated after my two hour tour.  My hair was matted down and my makeup had melted away.  But hey, all for the kids, right!?

2.  It doesn't matter what age, everyone loves a mascot.  The reception of Clifford was pretty impressive.  This week, grandparents were invited to join their grandbabies for lunch and head to the book fair for some early Christmas shopping.  The nannas and papas of the lunchroom were just as excited to see Clifford as the kindergarteners!  But perhaps the most surprising was the reaction of the 4th and 5th graders.  I felt like I was walking the red carpet with all of the iPads and cameras.  There were hugs and squealing, high fives and pets.  I think it was a pleasant reminder of their childhood.

3.  The kids will do their best to figure out who is inside the suit!  It was a little weird to wear this giant fishbowl Clifford head and have people staring into your screens for eyes.  I kept thinking "Can they see me?" Awkward!  It was mostly the older kids, but starting in 2nd grade, it was definitely on.  The kids thought I was their principal, Mr. Maxson, or the assistant principal, Mrs. Stricklen.  There were words of excitement when they could see it was a woman behind the big red head.  My daughter and her classmates did figure out it was me which really was a treat.

4.  It's hard not to talk.  I am a talker by nature so to have to be completey silent was very foreign.  There were only a few instances where I wanted to yell for help or ask the kids to settle down.  I was being squeezed to death by a gaggle of second graders and couldn't tell them to please stop and I couldn't yell to a teacher to rescue me!  Plus, it's odd to pose for pictures and realize that you don't have to smile!

5.  You aren't very mobile or agile.  I felt like I was pregnant again.  I had the belly of the third trimester and couldn't see feet.  In fact, I couldn't see below my eyes, which really isn't good when 95% of the school population is under five feet tall.  If I had to bend over to hug a child, I was risking having my head fall off so I couldn't tell you half the kids I hugged and high-fived.  The slipper paws were giant and had part of the protective bottom coming off.  I had to high-step every so often so I wouldn't trip over my own feet.  But, I was able to perform the "sprinkler" and Gangnam style with ease.

All in all, it was a great experience.  Fun.  Yes.  Hot.  Definitely.  Would I do it again?  Sure.  Tomorrow?  Probably not...

*Tricia Hoffmann*

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Comment balloon 7 commentsTricia Hoffmann • December 06 2013 08:05AM


Tricia, how funny and exciting what you went through to put smiles on our little rug rats...What a great thing you did. I always wondered what it was like for the people in character suits. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD! (Arizona Resource Realty) about 5 years ago

High Five to you, well let's say high paw!  Great job and taking that step and volunteering at the school. 

Posted by Stephanie Stringer, Mortgage Loan Originator (First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764) about 5 years ago

Tricia, all these 5 points were so interesting, enlightening, and too, too funny! You had me laughing out loud all through. You are a very creative writer. As I read each of the 5 points, I thought: don't think the next point can compete in creativity and funniness. Yet, it was as good and sometimes even better. I notice you are a real estate agent and perhaps - a writer?!? If not, perhaps you might want to consider a dual career - feel you would write best sellers!!! Thank you for the laughter, Tricia. I am going to click on 'follow.'

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) about 5 years ago

Tricis, that's so cool!  Great had a great fun for sure!

Posted by Jason Stewart, Realtor (Stewart Estates) about 5 years ago

Thanks everyone!  I think it is something that was a worthwhile investment of my time.  Jane, I was actually a broadcast news major in college so I find that blogging allows me to keep my creative side flowing in a totally different, yet similar way!

Posted by Tricia Hoffmann (Your Home Free) about 5 years ago

Too funny! next time I am outside and that cold I may consider putting on a Clifford the big red dog costume! lol

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) about 5 years ago

High five to you for doing that! I had a job when I was around 16 and had to get in one of those suits and I was going to say - I can remember above all else - it was HOT in there. I couldn't stay in it more than 15 minutes at a time.

Awesome job!

Posted by Jamie Seaux, North DFW Properties Century 21 Judge Fite almost 5 years ago