Yesterday Addie and I were in Old Navy. Addie adores her kindergarten teacher. There was a little girl’s dress on a mannequin and she had on short black boots with the dress. That looks like something I’ve seen Addie’s teacher wear. I said “Addie, this looks like something your teacher would wear!”
Addie looked at the dress and boots and said “I want it! And I’ll ask my teacher what size dress she wears and what size shoes she needs and we can come back and buy her a dress and the shoes and we’ll be dressed just alike!”
I’m thinking . . sweet Addie! I doubt your teacher really wants to dress exactly like her students! I told her “These are just little girl sizes. I don’t think they have adult sizes.” Addie’s response: “She’s kinda like a little girl. They’ll have her size!”
It’s funny and refreshing to see the world, even just briefly, through Addie’s eyes: I want this to work and, therefore, it’s going to work!
She was so excited about going to eat sushi that the night before, she had her clothes all out. Unicorn leggings. A LOL doll T-shirt, ear rings, necklace, bracelet, purse, socks and shoes. I told Nicole . . it’s so cute that she has everything out for tomorrow. She said “Did you see what she has out? It does not match at all! Printed unicorn pants, printed LOL doll shirt.” I went into her room:
Me: Addie, why don’t you wear jeans tomorrow? We’re going to be looking for a shirt and it will be easier to decide if you like the shirts if you have on jeans.
Addie: No. I like what I’m wearing. It will be ok.
Me: But, Addie .. what you have out doesn’t match!
Addie: I’m fine.
I’m fine? Maybe . . but it seriously doesn’t match.
I’m not sure what changed because she ended up wearing jeans. When we got to Hobby Lobby, I told her I wanted her to look at some clothes I might could make for her. She said “I love all clothes. I’ll love what you make for me.” But, when we started looking at patterns, she does NOT love all clothes and most of what I would have chosen, she didn’t like at all.
When we were going into Old Navy, which is in the mall, Addie said “I love mall clothes!” I’m not sure if that means I don’t like clothes Granny makes or I don’t like Walmart clothes. She outgrows things so quickly and the only place they have for shopping is Walmart so she ends up with a lot of clothes from Walmart. Not saying it’s bad or good but with Old Navy sales, most of the things there weren’t any more expensive than what they buy at Walmart and with it being the only place in town to shop, half the kids in school have the exact same clothes . . which I guess isn’t so bad either because many schools wear uniforms.
Just seeing her choosing the clothes she likes and her accessories and realizing she’s only 6 years old . . mom and dad have their work cut out for them!