Shourai no yume wa nani?
As a late Christmas present, I took the Pumpkin Princess clothes shopping. The four of us went to the mall. The Pumpkin Daddy and Prince went to the arcade to play some game involving ghost spirits and collector cards, and the Pumpkin Princess made a beeline to a little shop on the third floor that was full of trendy tween items.
When we got there, she pointed to a torso dressed in a red plaid flannel shirt (bit my tongue and did NOT say that she already had a plaid flannel shirt), acrylic long sleeved striped knit (static electricity nightmare), and denim shorts (at least it came with a cute belt). I tried my best not to cringe as I shelled out twice the amount I would have paid in Uniqlo for similar items. Welcome to the world of tween girl motherhood, I guess.
For the past week, she has worn this outfit or at least parts of it (the shirt and/ or knit with her Uniqlo jeans from last year, the shorts with her Minnie Mouse sweatshirt, etc). At least she's wearing and enjoying the stuff she chose.
I remember my mom couldn't (or was that wouldn't?) spend the money to dress me the way I felt I should be dressed when I was a child. This may or may not have led to a strange phase of overspending on fashion that lasted about a decade (from when I was about 20 to when I was 30). It wasn't a bad thing, and I never bought what I couldn't afford. I look back at the things I bought back then (or sometimes I find them during a closet purge) and shake my head in disbelief. I hope the Pumpkin Princess will have a more balanced fashion experience.
Especially since she wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up. No comment.