We’ve been feeding my Mom’s cat this week.
It’s been good for the kids. They can see how time-consuming it is to care for a pet. We go once a day. Fill up the food and water bowls, scoop the litter, and grab a few candy corns out of my Mom’s glass pumpkin.
The cat is just downright pissed that my Mom went on vacation without her. She barely looks at us most days.
I think she thinks we are just plain, crazy, old relatives. I mean every family has them, right?
I mean really. What would you think if someone showed up to feed you in a black Batman shirt, lime green pants, a hot pink skirt, and Cinderella glass slippers?
It’s not even Halloween on this day, but lately I’m beginning to feel as if every day is wacky-tacky dress-up day.
I miss the days when I could pull out an outfit from my daughter’s closet and she happily put it on for me.
Now she has an opinion. Self-expression.
I really do my best not to let her look like it’s Halloween on most days of the week, but some days parents just have to pick their battles. It’s just clothes.
She won here.
She wins two or three days out of the week.
On those days, I really hope that we don’t run into anyone we know.
But now that I’ve aired my dirty laundry for all to read, then you know I did not put her outfits together.
She said no to the Lilly I picked out, and hello to attire styled by a clown.
But we all know that clothes don’t make the woman. It’s the inner beauty that counts.
Through self-expression and creativity, children's skills will develop naturally, and their ability to create will soar.
I will not be the one to stifle her and insist she wear something that she does not want to wear when we’re just going to feed a cat.
Now tea at a luxury hotel? Well, that’s a whole different story. But the cat already thinks we are crazy.