a few years ago, when i was working at the grocery store and dating a certain man who lived on the ocean, i went to work as a bearded lady.
it was a silly costume; not even a full beard but more of pretty goatee with braids, some fake tattoos, and a tiara. i won a $15 gift card for 2nd place, and was feeling pretty good about myself.
what makes that costume so special though, is this: while the guy i was dating thought the costume was so-so, and didn't get why i thought it was so rad, the man i would end up marrying and his kids came into work that day and were the only people who laughed with me and told me how great my outfit was. i remember seeing them walk in the front doors, turn toward the deli, and instantly light up with grins. it sounds so insane, but they looked so happy to see me, so pleased, and i felt so glad that they got the joke.
D and i would go out on our first date over a year after that day, but that still remains my favorite halloween costume. the moral of my story is, even if you don't realize it, you might just run into your family in the strangest place, and have a funny story for later.