Yup! That’s me, in a dress, taking an unplanned wade in a large mud puddle (or small pond) at my sister-in-law’s place!
And that’s Mouse in a dress, wading in a creek we came across while we were out at a park with some other homeschoolers!
We wear dresses every day, she and I, and to us they are just clothes like any other. ?We divide them into “good clothes” and “play/work clothes” ?and we try to keep the good clothes good, but I try not to let our choice of what to wear keep us from enjoying the adventures that come our way.
It’s a delicate balance, like so much else in life. I want all the children to learn the important points of presentation- to look tidy, to think about what their clothes are communicating, but at the same time I don’t want them to be so worried about their clothes that they don’t seize opportunities to learn and explore.
It’s all in the examples I think. How do I interact with my clothing? ?That blue dress that I wore into the “pond” was one that I liked, but also one that was getting worn out. And really I didn’t stop to think about it. The big children were having fun and Jack wanted to join in!
“Boy go in pond. Mama take boy in pond!” he said and what else could I do?
There was some consternation from the bigger children “But Mama your dress?!” and then much joy as I entered into their adventure! ?That was three months ago and they’re still talking about the fun they had in “Aunt La’s pond”. I’d rather have the memories than the clothes any day!
Joining up with the Seasonal Skirts Blog Hop!