Monday, July 23, 2007

we are those people

For the sadly Hogwarts-ignorant readers, left to right: Neighbor Quinn as Harry Potter, his brother Kylen as a rather wicked-looking Ron Weasley, my Paige appropriately the brilliant, levelheaded (and wild-haired) Hermione Granger, and my boy with a perfected sneer as Draco Malfoy.
I appreciate that many people think I'm grooming my children for a Trekkie adulthood by allowing them to dress up as fictional characters and head out into public. My philosophy is this, however: Give them the freedom with a passive, nonjudgmental face while they're young (and it's still cute) and it might just satisfy some later rebellious/weird urges. For example, last summer we encouraged Mason to finally get the Mohawk he kept crowing about. He was wary of our permissiveness but went through with the haircut; six weeks later it was boring. We hope that when he's fifteen and feels like "threatening" us with doing something crazy to his hair, the reminder that we'd been there & done that - when he was SEVEN - will take the edge off. Of course that might backfire and he'll instead covertly get something tattooed or pierced, but we're committed to then whacking him frequently wherever he's inked or punctured.

So far in my life as a mom, I've been grocery shopping with Zorro, video renting with Spider-Man, and selling brownies in the neighborhood with Willy Wonka. You might be picking up on the fact that these are all male characters. Paige is inclined to occasionally dress like a famous sidekick, but most of the time she would rather lie low in the fantasy parade. Sometimes she seems more of a Goth girl in the making - she insisted on wearing her black spider t-shirt for the kindergarten school picture, and her look in it is as close to "Fuck you" as a five-year old can get. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this possibility, but I am confident in her practical nature and nothing says "impractical" quite like vinyl dresses, stiletto boots, and layers of makeup.

Now off we go again, into the wizarding world and beyond. Join us, if you dare...


Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Oooh,I like those people. I have ran errands with a hobbit, gone to church (yes, church) with Spider-Man and had more funky princess outings than I'd like to admit to.

(There's evidence out there somewhere, I'm sure.)

Long live creative children.

Anonymous said...

Yay for people who understand that there are so many more important battle to fight than what your child wants to wear in public. I'd rather they learn to treat people with kindness and compassion than worry about what they are wearing.


Anonymous said...

Wow - my 'net nanny' blocked your page with the F-bomb! ;) j/k - great pic and thanks, that was really a fun way to spend a Saturday morning!

-D (of Dave & Jen)

Suzanne said...

Amen to you and your comment-leavers. I am all too happy when my kids march to their own strange drum, and look a little odd doing it. PS- Trekkies aren't all weird. If I had the extra cash, I would totally buy a uniform and walk around pretending to be Seven of Nine, kicking butts and taking names.

stephanie said...

Well, yeah, Suz - Seven of Nine is hot! But you know who I'm really talking about...(Kidding, any devoted space show fans who dress up; live long & prosper)


Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Love this!

My ADULT kids are those people too. True story.
(Kristen is the second one from the left.)

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...


I haven't blogged in so long, I forgot how to embed a link. D'oh!

Here it is:

Kristen and Friends


lisahgolden said...

I love it! I've followed the same tactic as you. Nate's 1st grade photos show him with an earring and bleached blond hair. He had a mohawk at some point, too.

Now he's a brand conscious 15 year old who likes being fawned over by the girls, but who does not want to stand out too much.

Like Paige, Sophie may exhibit goth tendencies. I can't quite tell yet.


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