So a while back I had a conversation with my mother about Wonder Woman's new costume and how much she hated it.
I'm starting to get my Halloween costume together. Two years ago I made a promise to someone (who's going as the Joker) that I'd be Harley Quinn, which left me kind of at a loss as to how to pull off a work-safe (a.k.a. not super-tight) Harley Quinn costume. Lo and behold, I managed to pull it off by finding a jester costume to modify. I have no sewing machine skills, so this is where my mother comes in. She has no idea who Harley Quinn is.
I had been showing her various pictures of Harley to give her an idea of what she looked like, but I never explained to her who she was exactly. Actually, I did, but she wasn't listening at the time.
Apparently my mother thought the costume was a part of her body or her skin something, and not like an actual suit. I don't know what goes on in the heads of non-comics readers...
Mom: Well, I don't know what all these superpowers do to people!
Me: She doesn't have superpowers, Mom. She's just a girl in a suit.
Mom: Oh. But what about the horns?
Me: They're part of her costume! She's got pigtails and stuff.
Mom: Okay. You still have to make the glasses yet, right?
Me: They're not glasses! That's a mask!
Me: And she doesn't have superpowers. She's just crazy.
Me: She's nuts. She's the Joker's sidekick.
Mom: She's a villain?! Wait, I thought she was a hero!
Mom: So she's a devil or something?
Me: No! She's cute!!! See? She's all like clingy and the Joker's all like, "Get off of me!" It's funny!
Mom: Okay, I guess she's kind of cute.
I then started asking my mother if she could take the headpiece apart and re-sew it back together because the black and red were on the wrong sides and she's like, "Does it REALLY matter?" And of course I'm like, "YES." Never offer to make anything for someone with OCD. She is going to switch the sleeves around because they don't match at all, but I conceded the headpiece and the tunic, so it will be backwards, so I'll just have to pretend I'm Bizzarro-Harley or Left-Handed Harley or something.
You can just imagine how entertaining it will be when I take her to see the Green Lantern movie next summer.