Thursday, October 27, 2005

Think Pink

Mia scales the heights, dressed in her signature pink. This child is not a girly-girl, not at all, but if colour choice is anything to go by, she's being groomed for it. Today we have: pink boots, shades-of-pink jacket, pink hat with matching pink mitts. Underneath, her socks are pink, her shirt is pink and white striped. Ah, yes, you say, but her jeans are blue! So you think. In fact, they are embroidered all over with delicate PINK flowers. She's dressed like this, top to toe pink, Every. Single. Day. Mostly it just makes me smirk. Today (surprise!) it's annoying me.


Blogger Juggling Mother said...

But when they are little, how else can you tell what gender they are without colour-coding?

Nanny A is always telling me off for dressing LMB in Mstr A's old clothes, even though she's got long blond hair and pink fluffy boots.

as babies I was always asked how old is he, for each one unless dressed head to toe in pink (and quite often even then)

10/27/2005 02:25:00 p.m.  
Blogger kimmyk said...

she looks like she's having fun. if she plays in the mud a bit her pretty pink will turn dingy brown.

brown + pink = dirty pink.

10/27/2005 02:37:00 p.m.  
Blogger Homestead said...

Does it make you smile to know I sent Sweet Boy off to daycare this morning with a pink paci?

10/27/2005 02:37:00 p.m.  
Blogger ieatcrayonz said...

If I ever have a boy, he'd better LOVE pink.

10/27/2005 02:47:00 p.m.  
Blogger craziequeen said...

too. much. pink.
pink overload.
must. lie. down. in. darkened. room.


10/27/2005 05:23:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

MrsA: How else? Dresses. Flowered jeans. Frilly shirts. Butterflies and unicorns. Ruffles, ribbons, and bows. In red, yellow, blue, green, orange, black, ochre, violet, aqua, turqoise, gold, silver, cobalt... any colour but PINK.

But I know. My eldest - a girl - was a solid, round-cheeked little baby, and even when she was wearing a dress (not often - nasty unfair thing to do to a crawling baby! - people would ask what HIS name was. And my son, though equally solid, had huge brown eyes with inch-long eyelashes, and people thought he was a girl. What can you do? Now that she's nineteen and he's sixteen, there's no more confusion...

Kimmyk: She had a lot of fun. Lots and lots of filthy grubby fun. More mud on her than in the park by the time we left. Go, Mia!! As I say - she may be dressed like a girlygirl, but she just isn't one!

Homestead: How very non-gender specific of you. I heartily approve. Does he use the paci while he peruses his huntin' magazines?

Crayonz: LOL Your point would be?? My oldest was the first granddaughter after FIVE grandsons on my side of the family. The only clothing that child had that was NOT pink and/or ruffled was something I'd purchased.

CQ: Yes - that's it exactly! That's just the effect it has on me. Some days we paint, just so that the paint spots (always primary colours) will offer some variation. No, not really, but it's a thought!!

10/27/2005 07:37:00 p.m.  
Blogger Haley said...

Ew gross. Betcha she'll be that kid to turn goth and freak her parents out.

10/27/2005 08:11:00 p.m.  
Blogger McSwain said...

Mary, if I had a daughter I'd want her to be as insightful as yours, because she's so right about the goth thing. I get really annoyed with people who dress their girls in nothing but pink. I've never understood exactly why that annoyed me so much, but at least I'm not the only one.

10/28/2005 01:27:00 a.m.  
Blogger Anon said...

Sounds like your having an off day!


10/28/2005 04:20:00 a.m.  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

Princess number one loves pink. Princess number two loves purple and doesn't mind a little pink. Some children actually like the colour. But I don't think that I've ever seen them dressed head to toe in any single colour (One piece pajamas excepted), especially pink. That would be way too much!

10/28/2005 10:39:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Haley: Wouldn't that be a riot? I'm quite sure her dad would freak; her mother, I'm not so sure. This is a dad who calls her "snookum-pie" is a gooey voice that makes one of my other mothers grind her teeth every time she hears it. ("She's not a doll, she's a human being!" she snarls to me when he's gone. Professional that I am, I murmur something non-committal...)

Cheryl: I think it's what bothers the other mother I quoted above, who believes it implies that the child isn't perceived as a person in her own right, but a symbol of something, a real live dolly of your very own.

Si: Yes, indeed, I was, as I confessed in the previous post. Every teeny annoyance was making me snarly.

Simon: I don't know if this tot likes pink or not: she's never been given the choice. I am being only factual when I say that she comes encased in pink every day. I have never seen her in anything that wasn't at least partially pink. I have never, ever seen her in something that wasn't pastel. Purple? Not on your life!

My question to myself is: Do they even realize they're doing this?

10/28/2005 01:28:00 p.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

I SWORE I'd never be one to dress my baby girl in pink. Then all the gifts we received were pink and when I did dress her in other colors---yep!--everyone asked how old HE was!

She still picks a lot of pink out herself now but not head-to-toe...she's been known to pair it with orange!!!!
(No one accuses me of dressing her those days though!)

I'm with Haley---this little one will abhor pink in a decade!!!

10/28/2005 03:52:00 p.m.  
Blogger Susan said...

Charlie would kill for those pink boots. Seriously.

10/31/2005 01:33:00 p.m.  
Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

I am so not a girlie girl, so I certainly don't encourage the pink in our house. Unfortunately, it is Ella's FAVORIE color. I am really trying to encourage other colors, but it is a tough sell. Can't wait til this phase ends...

11/01/2005 10:49:00 a.m.  

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