Thursday, January 17, 2008

Kindergarten Dress Code

Apparently there is a dress code in kindergarten. Not for the kids. For me. I volunteer. YES, everybody, pick yourselves off from the floor. I do volunteer every now and then; I don’t just sit here at the computer, typing away, drinking lattes or appletinis, wasting away my days. I do volunteer.

So there.

Well, today is one of the days I will go into the kids’ school to help Tukey’s class during computers. I was very happy to put on a track suit (which may or may not be in style anymore, but it fit today, thanks to WW, and it was warm and cozy, and I felt comfortable in it).

Tukey came in and looked at it and I guess I must have… I MUST have asked him, “Is this OK to wear to school?”

Now I am kicking myself for asking a six-year-old such a stupid question.

“No. I don’t want you to wear that.”

“Why not?”

“The shirt doesn’t match.”

“Yes it does! It’s a matching outfit! It totally matches!”

I’m arguing with a six-year-old. He goes into my closet. Yes he does! HE WALKS INTO MY CLOSET. And pulls out a red shirt. “You should wear this.”

Oh. My. Gosh. HE IS GOING TO DRESS ME. “I don’t want to wear that.” Who the freak is the parent here? It is feeling very much like role-reversal freaky Friday here.

“Well, I don’t want you to wear what you are wearing,” he says. “Just wear a plain black shirt. I want you to match me.”

“But you have on a BLUE shirt! And I always wear black. I’m tired of wearing black!” I whine at him.

“Just wear jeans.” He is exasperated at this point.

I put on jeans and a different shirt, and look at him for his approval. “Is THIS outfit OK?”


“Why didn’t you want me to wear the other outfit I had on?”

“I just want you to look cute.”

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And don’t forget to read the previous posts about our most recent blood donors! Just scroll on down to see their cute photos!


Tanya said...

Well how does the outfit look? Does he have good taste?

MaBunny said...

HEHEm,I've gone thru the clothes thing with my 9 yr old. I have asked her on occasion if I look ok to atend her class party. She says yes, or change my earrings or something minor like that, lol.


Suburban Correspondent said...

He cares! That's sweet...

Anonymous said...

I love that. Keep in mind that soon you won't have to worry about time outs or any of that. I've got two teenagers and the threat of me looking horrifying in public is enough to keep 'em in line. If they push it I'll look horrifyng AND sing in public. Take that kids.

NerdyRedneck Rob said...

Well, Blue jeans and black tops do almost always look good in a casual way so the kid has taste.

On the other hand; My! We know who wears the pants in your family now don't we? :)


melissious said...

Oh. My. Gosh. That is SO hysterical! I keep giggling thinking about it. Have you seen the Old Navy socks that are white with various color toe/heels? Well, since my dryer insists on using one of each pair as fuel, I take to wearing mismatched socks. Well, one day not too long ago, my three year old, jumping up and down like he had won the lottery, exclaimed "Mommy, MOMMY!! Your SOCKS MATCH!!!!" And I thought I was getting away with something - guess not!

AutoSysGene said...

Holy cow!! Who knew, I'm going to have to ask Hope when she comes home if I have ever embarassed her with the clothes I wear.

Maybe Tukey wants to hook you up with the principal or something ;)

Moll said...

Reminds me of the time I was babysitting as a teenager and we went to the pool. I had a new bikini that I whipped out. Admittedly, it was a little revealing...but I was a hot teenager. The kid took one look at me and refused to be seen with the whole afternoon.

Drewpy Drew said...

Never ever forget that it is your job to embarrass your children. Wear whatever you want.

Barb said...

I think it was sweet ~ and a compliment. Most kids think their moms are incapable of "looking cute." Kudos to you and Tukey.

onthegomom said...

Well isn't that sweet!

My daughter started telling me at a very young age what she wanted me to wear and what she doesn't... she hasn't stopped. She's 10.

Cecily R said...

Tukey. Is. Awesome. That's all I have to say. He's awesome.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that always the way? You're set to batter them and they come out with something that just makes you go "Awww!"

Unknown said...

LOL! Tukey ROCKS! Too cute!

Melisa Wells said...

Awww, that's cute.

Enjoy: in 10 years you could wear your sweats with ratted-up hair because he's going to have you drop him off at the corner down the street from the school. :)

Suburban Scrawl
Remembering Ruby

xxxx said...

I LOVE TUKEY!!! ha ha ha ha. I could totally picture the whole thing.

I love that you volunteer during COMPUTER time! HA!

Eileen said...

Never ask a man (even a little one) what you should wear.

House of Jules said...

I just want you to look cute.

That reminds me of a guy I dated for a very short time in college, except for the fact that coming from your young son it sounds adorable!

House of Jules

Jenster said...

Bwahahaha!!! Is he a fashionista??

And I bet you looked cute in either outfit!

Anonymous said...

That's hilarious. Sounds like he's more caught up in fashion than you are, which seems so unusual for a little boy. Maybe he has a future as the winner of the Best Dressed category his high school yearbook.

Roger Miller said...

That's cute! Tukey wanting his mommy to look cute for the school. My kids just ask that I shave every once in a while.

Of course, I live with their teacher! :-)

Anonymous said...

Screamingly funny. I did the room mom thing yesterday w/ my kindergartner as well. Saw more green-crusted nostrils then I'd like for awhile. Ugh...I could never teach kindergarten for a living. It's definitely a calling.

Michelle Kemper Brownlow said...

That is hysterical and sounds like something ANY of my 3 kids would do!

The torture we take from is not enough that we "expressed" them through one of the five smallest openings of our bodies but now they must be a part of our every decision?


MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Greta--I did not tell the story of how today Tukey called me over to one of our chairs to point something out behind it. When I looked at the back of the chair, there was a huge dried up blob of SOME OTHER KID'S SNOT ROCKET glued to my GOOD CHAIR!!

I know for a fact it wasn't any of my kids because that is just not something I have raised my kids to do. And there were some other kids playing hide-n-seek here the other day. But it was sooo nasty and huge boogery, and I had to clean it up. One of the other kids, when I was retelling this story, said, "Oh, you should have taken a picture for the blog!" But your green booger talk reminded me of that. Thanks. I think.

And Semblance--Hey there STranger! Been thinking about you! And when I read your comment, I am now sitting here trying to figure out what are the five smallest holes on a woman's body:... I got ears, nostrils, mouth... those equal five... what's bigger a mouth or a hoo-hah? Hmmmm?

OK enough! I'm going to bed.

Thanks ladies!

Frannie Farmer said...

My girls set out my clothes for me on the days that I volunteer .. but sadly, I volunteer in the afternoon so I wear whatever I want! :O) And Drew is right, it is our job to embarrass our children!

Lucille said...

That was cute coming from a little BOY! I get that from my 6-year old and the sad/funny thing....SHE has better style then I do! Seriously she puts together some NICE outfits for me! LOL!

Have a great night!

Anonymous said...

could have been worse he could have said your butt looks big in that....

just sayin......


Stephanie J. Blake said...

That is hilarious! My kindie keeps asking me to volunteer. Ugh.

Robin said...

My middle son is the only one in our house with any sense of fashion.

I get the most compliments on one of the outfits he chose for me. He found in on the clearance rack and insisted I try it on.

Maybe he will grow up to be Tim Gunn.

Matt said...

"i just want you to look cute"
that's awesome.

i let my cat pick my clothes. he's very - how shall I say it - effeminate.

Matt said...


My uncle had a solution to his wife asking the "Do these pants make my butt look big?" (This question is, of course, the bane of all male-kind.)

His answer:
"No. Your butt makes your butt look big."

Miraculously she hasn't killed him yet.

Unknown said...

That is the cutest thing I've heard all day!

Well, except for Goober telling me he was keeping Lightning McQueen in his underwear. But whatever.

Patti said...

i totally had this happen with my six year old niece when i walked down the stairs ready to go to her first communion. she was at the bottom with her hands on her hips giving me her best queer eye and saying, "that's what you're wearing?!"

oh the shame....

morninglight mama said...

As a preschool teacher for ten years, I can tell you that 3, 4 and 5 year olds are just as, let's just say, OPEN and HONEST about their opinions of their teachers' clothing choices as well. I've got a rolodex of remembered comments from over the years-- the best came from the end of my pregnancy with my first child. As I became bigger than any other pregnant woman on the face of the earth, one lovely little girl commented that the dress I was wearing "shows that your breasts are getting ready to make milk for your baby." Nice, huh? :)

Drewpy Drew said...

OK, it looks like you don't read the follow ups to your comments on my blog. That's OK. You've got better things to do with your time.

What I said there is that I want to give blood. I think it's a great thing. In fact, I've used other people's blood on many occasions.

The problem is that they don't want my blood. Lots of reasons. I don't get to give blood.

I do love all of you who are giving. Keep it up. You guys rock.

The Gang's Momma! said...

LOL! I've had that from all three of my older ones. Lately, I've been using LadyBug as a fashion consultant - she's got pretty good taste when I give her my options. When choosing for herself, she tends toward too gaudy and sparkley for my taste but for me, classy choices! And Shaggy has reminded me to do my hair or change my ratty jeans on occasion. Mostly the "are you wearing that?" scenarios from him . . . subtle, huh?! :)