A few days ago Miles and Sophia entertained us with a fabulous fashion show. These shows are fantastic and make me fall head over heels in love with my kids over and over again. We always do interviews of the characters and the kids love it. They always dig into my closet for heels and into the bin of accessories for jewels and into the huge plastic dress-up box for their costume of choice. They can choose anything from Princesses and Pirates to Magicians and Construction Workers.
More often than not, they both select a dazzling gown and parade around the house as princesses dripping with jewels and balancing in the fanciest shoes. Sophia taught Miles how to walk in heels before he was 2, so now they are both pros.
I think they both looked fabulous, so we caught the moment with a terrible blackberry photo. My son Cinderella is ready for the ball with Snow White. I think he rocks. They both do.
Just hours after the show I stumbled upon this post on Nerdy Apple Bottom. Her son dressed as Daphne from Scooby Doo for Halloween and was judged by PARENTS at his pre-school. It touched something in me when I thought of how much Miles loves to dress up. I could picture the comments and the judgement and it made me nauseous. Kids are kids and dress up is dress up and it is supposed to be fun to be something you are not. I don’t care what he dresses up as so long as he is happy and being creative…with one exception. We don’t allow private parts to show after one unfortunate fashion show choice. Other than that…he can be a princess ’till the cows come home.
Since I read that post millions of others have read it and seen it on television and commented more than 35,000 times. This momma hit a nerve because she posted about the incident at school and made it clear that a costume is a costume and does not say if your child is gay or straight and that if he or she is gay – it’s totally cool. The only uncool thing is PARENTS looking down on children and judging them and making them uncomfortable and perpetuating homophobia to begin with. We are supposed to support children and their choices and for heaven’s sake people – this was a Halloween costume!
So I thought I would just post how cute my own Princesses are and let it be known to the world (why it should have to be told I have no idea) that it’s okay for kids to dress up as something that they are not in real life. That’s the whole point, actually.
Truth be told – this is a much better costume than the construction worker anyway. As much as I love tools more than heels (you know this is true) I totally think the Princess costume is SO much cooler.