Year: 2020

Maintaining an Ancient Wardrobe

Growing up, I marveled at my mom’s commitment to maintaining an ancient wardrobe hidden in her bedroom. She was famously nostalgic and her closet was no exception. In her bedroom, hidden under the bed, bursting out of her closets and poking out of the dressers were: Costume jewelry from the 60’s and 70’s “Oh, just in case they ever come back in style!” Pants that were just…old. “Well? They’re perfectly good and they still fit!” Shoes she never, ever wore “Well, I know they’re dated but they’re still just so comfortable!” I’ll never forget a pair of underwear she had for decades that barely stayed up for its lack of elastic. But “I just think they’re funny and I’ve never found ‘dancing skeleton’ underwear to replace them!” (Yes Dancing skeletons.) There were tons of unopened items she’d probably bought on sale – all underwear and socks (but no dancing skeletons). Ugly Christmas sweater upon ugly Christmas sweater, never purchased or worn for its ironic ugliness. Each one would make an appearance at some point in …

Parenting: It's Hard Y'all

I crossed another Rubicon, with my kid. Ugh. Parenting: it’s hard y’all. Both my kids were running around in the twilight in blissful imaginary play. They were both wearing dresses (cuz that’s how we roll – and luckily the younger doesn’t mind being occasionally treated like a dress-up doll by his older sibling.) So there was a lot of squealing and laughing and I noticed a couple times my older kid lifted up her sibling’s dress revealing that he was commando. (Quick side note – can we all just agree that running around commando in a dress is the way we should all be living regardless our gender expression?) The younger one laughed but yelled “stop!” and kept running and laughing. But it happened a few more times, specifically just after I called them in for bedtime. And as they continued squealing and ignoring me and playing “lift the dress”, for some dumbass reason, in that moment, I was furious. I read the riot act to my older kid about how she was crossing boundaries …