Friday, October 02, 2009

What Not To Not Wear

On Mondays LK watches both girls. It's his favourite day of the week, however exhausting. Every Monday at noon he picks me up from work and we all go for a quick lunch somewhere. He gets a little help with the kids and I get to flee the Monday madness at work.

Last Monday we headed to our favourite cheap and cheerful café. For once, I was pleasantly surprised by what Anna was wearing. What is it with men dressing their kids? Sometimes the outfits sported by my daughters are so outlandish, so bizarre that it looks like a thrift store has vomited on them. A colour-blind thrift store. It's occurred to me that he may be doing it to wind me up. "That's a pyjama top" I'll hiss, or "For God's sake, those aren't leggings, those are tights, and why is she wearing a swim suit over them?!" Anna will take it one step further so sometimes there will be fairy wings or plastic princess high heels involved too.

Last Monday Anna was wearing a simple flowery dress with a coordinating t-shirt underneath. Her hair looked like she'd been electrocuted but on the whole she was presentable. As she stood by our table, twirling away 'practicing' her ballet with violent arabesques and pirouettes I gave myself a little bit of a talking to. Maybe I was being too 'matchy-matchy' anyway, requiring a coordinating outfit and neatly plaited hair. What did it really matter, she was four for God's sake. As long as she thought she was beautiful (twirl), as long as she was comfortable (grand jeté) as long as she was wearing knickers.......

.....which of course she wasn't.

I've never seen LK move so fast.

7 comments:

Jane said...

Hilarious! Aren't they always wearing a dress and twirling when they've forgotten their underwear! LOL!!

Ruth said...

LOL!!!

(When my daughter was Anna's age she wore her swimsuit under her clothes for the majority of a Chicago winter. Raising her has helped me learn the Art of the Compromise.)

Hyphen Mama said...

ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING!!!!! OH MY GOD you are so funny.

And the fathers dressing their kids thing? It's got to be the Y chromosome. Hair that looks like it was done with an egg beater? Check! My 6 year-old went to school on Wednesday morning in leggings that are size 3T--because I decided to let her father get up with her while I caught an extra hour of sleep. I saw her getup as she was walking out the door with her dad headed to school... and didn't want to upset her, so let her go... hoping the other kids wouldn't punch her in the face and steal her milk money. Maybe they thought she was wearing capri leggings? Yeah, that's right. Don't ask why 3T pants were still in her closet. I swear they're headed to Goodwill after the next washing.

Daffodilly said...

Love it. Just had this happen to me at preschool as we all sat "criss cross apple sauce" for circle time......one poppet was wearing a pleated skirt with no knickers! My response "let's all sit with our legs straight out today for a change!"
On the positive side...less laundry!

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Expat mum said...

Bless! I do think they do it deliberately just to get a reaction from us!

seadragon said...

Oh no, that can't be true!