Empowering Girls: School Picture Irony

by Tracee Sioux

Mom! Look at this picture, it’s hideous!

What’s the onomatopoeia for cackling at irony? I responded with that.

Stop laughing!

I’m sorry. I had no idea it was picture day. I wouldn’t have made you wear it, if I’d known. Heeheeeh HAAahhaaaHAahaha!

Stop laughing!

One of the greatest joys of mothering Ainsley has been to see what she’s going to wear.

Her translation of fashion is always ground-breaking and clever. Amusing even at it’s worst. She’ll wear an entire package of headbands at once and I’ll think, Man, I bet designers wish they had that kind of creativity because that looks fantastic. She often wears pants under skirts and it’s pretty funky cool.

I have only 3 rules

  • modest
  • clean
  • appropriate

But this day, she couldn’t decide. I got fed up with her I have nothing to wear mantra and went into her closet and grabbed the first thing that went with the new pants my mother bought her.

I said something like, Who cares? It’s one day. Wear it!

It’s ugly.

I don’t care. You’re wearing it.

Considering how nonrestrictive I’ve been about her clothing choices I thought she should get over it pretty easily.

Her dilemma wasn’t really her fault either. She had sprouted up a few inches, making all her shirts too short and her pants were kind of low-riders. She couldn’t find anything to wear because she was trying to obey the modest rule.

One of the few times I pull the, “I don’t care you’re wearing it” mommy card and of course, it’s picture day. Figures.

Heeheeeh HAAahhaaaHAahaha!

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#1 Suzie on 03.14.08 at 2:35 pm

Oh its not so bad. She looks very happy in the picture. But what is that mysterious orb on her shirt?

#2 Tracee on 03.14.08 at 2:51 pm

No, it’s not so bad, but it’s not so Ainsley either.

This is when I confess that I didn’t buy the picture, but photographed it (with a flash) to use for this story.

#3 radical mama on 03.14.08 at 3:15 pm

Irony makes parenting worth all the hassle. :)

#4 Tracee on 03.14.08 at 3:19 pm

true that radical mama

#5 Summer on 03.14.08 at 5:49 pm

That’s always the way, isn’t it? LOL

#6 Flower Child on 03.15.08 at 2:27 am

I didn’t ever survive a picture day unscathed. Every year mom paid for the most atrocious photos of her dear sweet child that she promptly sent to my grandmother.

#7 AJP on 03.15.08 at 8:54 am

nice photo though

I wish i had looked that cute at her age

the joys of having authority – I actually had a interesting discussion today – defending wearing dresses and gowns rather than pants to formal affairs – i won and with a feminist smile on my face too – oh and i threw in a Simpsons quote for good measure

#8 Violet on 03.15.08 at 10:28 pm

She looks adorable and you have plenty of other photos of her. And perhaps you have cured (or at least curtailed) the “I have nothing to wear” speech!

#9 Tracee on 03.16.08 at 1:58 am

Yes, well I also bought her some larger shirts and that really helps.

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