Bikinis for babies & toddlers? Are you nuts?!?

June 29th, 2007

Toddler Bikini-Sz. 12 monthsMy husband told me that he saw an article about bikinis for babies and toddlers today. At first, I thought it was April Fool’s Day. I believe the words: “You are joking, right?”, came out of my mouth. He wasn’t joking.

A famous “3 letter” clothing company has a string bikini for 12 month olds now. Correct me if I am wrong. Aren’t bikinis supposed to conjure up ideas of a slim, womanly figure? Weren’t bikinis created to show off feminine curves and to drive men crazy? WHAT ARE BIKINIS DOING ON BABIES?!!! What has this world come to? We are talking CHILDREN here! Hello!!!! Is our family the only ones that think this is wrong?

No wonder our children are wanting to smoke, drink and have sex before they are adults. Look what we are dressing them in. Look at toys like Bratz dolls (i.e. tight clothing, tons of make-up, etc.) Aren’t we cheating our children out of childhood? Why are we in such a hurry to get our children “grown up”? Skanks

I find it VERY SAD that we are putting children that can’t even walk yet into string bikinis. Some may say that I am overreacting. That may be so. What a sad world we live in when we turn babies into sex symbols. I thought seeing little girls wearing high heels and lipstick at the mall was bad.

For the parents that dress their children like “little adults”, you should be ashamed. Let your child be a “kid” as long as they can. They will be dating, paying bills, changing diapers, and looking at retirement soon enough. Let them enjoy getting dirty, playing ball, catching fireflies, and looking at cloud shapes as long as they can. Bring back the Garanimals and Tough Skins!

Why Snape is my favorite

June 27th, 2007

I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I have always loved the books. Many christians are against HarrySnape Potter. This always strikes me as funny and slightly fickle. Did these same christians grow up with Hans Christian Andersen, Mother Goose, Disney, and Brothers Grimm as well? Did they enjoy stories like Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Billy Goats Gruff, Sleeping Beauty, and Sorcerer’s Apprentice too? Can they tell me why they loved those stories as a kid, but are so against Harry Potter as an adult? Kind of double-standards, don’t you think?

When I first started reading the Harry Potter books, I found that my favorite character (besides Harry) was Snape. There was just something about him that intrigued me. I never thought I had many things in common with Snape. Up front, he seems like a snobbish brute that delights in making others suffer. Doesn’t sound like a nice fellow. Still, there was something about him that I liked.

As I read more of the series, I started to see why Snape was a “good guy”. His personality really isn’t far from me. I think we have more in common now that I have read the first 6 books. Things like:

  1. Both of us had a rough beginning and were made fun of as kids
  2. We weren’t popular
  3. We both had a gift but were unable to use it to our potential
  4. We are both loyal and follow orders

I can not wait to read the final book in the Harry Potter series. I believe that Snape is a “good guy” even if he is rough around the edges. I think that he lives up to his promises and protects those that care for him. Got to love a character like that.

Class reunions, friends, snobs to the end

June 27th, 2007

Go teamWhen I went to high school, I was an art nerd. I loved art. My dream was to become an art teacher for children with learning difficulties. I had friends, but wasn’t popular. I was friends with the “out cast” kids. The ROTC, band, drama, and art geeks. The goth kids and the shy kids. I am sure today that most of the kids I knew are more comfortable in their skin then the popular kids. Seems like the out-cast kids were the ones that weren’t paying attention to whom was dating whom. We didn’t care about going to parties and getting wasted. We were into our own thing.

This past weekend was my 20th class reunion. For about 10 minutes, I thought about going. I really did. Then, I realized why I didn’t want to go. The people that were putting on the event weren’t my friends 20 years ago. They were the snobbish cheerleaders, the testosterone junkies (i.e. football players), and the “most likely to be like Ted Kennedy” class candidates. These people would make fun of me, my clothing, and my lack of “cool”. Did they really think that I wanted to rush out and become close pals 20 yrs. later? Pleez!Football

I didn’t go to my 20 yr. reunion. I still talk to five ladies that I went to school with. We have kept in contact with each other through Christmas cards and letters. We all have our own lives with children, homes, and careers. Hearing from them always makes my day.

Another reason I didn’t go to my reunion is satisfaction of life. I didn’t become rich or travel the world. I am not famous. I am happy. I am a mother, teacher, care-giver, wife, daughter, and friend. I make a little money here and there selling books. I would like to write/illustrate children’s books. I paint murals and would like to do that for a living when my child has gone off to college. I am happily married and quite content with life. I don’t need to brag about it. I am right about where I would like to be. No complaints.

To the popular folks that wanted me to rub elbows with them, thanks for the invitation. I am still the art geek that doesn’t fit in with the “in crowd”. I don’t really think you would have liked me showing up in my bowling shirts and Converse tennis shoes anyway. I still enjoy not clawing my way up the popularity ladder. The “out-casts” down here are much better company.