Skinny jeans, I’ve determined will be the death of me. They are what makes my life a living hell every morning. My daughter used to be a kid who didn’t care what she wore. She’d wear red, white and blue stripped shirts with pink flower pants and have three ponytails. It just didn’t matter. She was three then, and she marched to the beat of a different drummer when it came to her sense of fashion. Nothing matched. Ever! One time she wore her Halloween costume for a week.
I miss those days.
Now, I deal with tantrums over skinny jeans. Imagine my surprise when I felt the swoosh of the jeans fly over my head while I was walking down the hall from her bedroom followed by a screaming, crying fit over the fact I wouldn’t buy her more jeans. You see, she has two pair of skinny jeans, and another pair that’s just “normal.” And by normal, I mean absolutely hideous. And by hideous, I mean jeans that aren’t “skinny.”
Somehow, my 9 year old has decided that all pants that she owns need to be “skinny.” This is because all of her friends only have skinny jeans, and that she is the only girl in her entire grade who owns a single pair of non-skinny jeans! Imagine the horror? I’m ruining her life one pair of jeans at a time.
What I wanted to do was yell at her and invent some imaginative curse words that really conveyed what I was feeling at that moment. I wanted to tell her that I just could care less about her jeans. But I just watched her as she cried and cried while kicking her non-skinny jeans all over her room and then lifted them up and put them on and yelled, “See? They don’t fit! They are too small!!!! I hate these jeans! I hate my life, and these stupid not skinny jeans!”
I looked at her and squinted, adjusted my glasses, and replied, “But you’ve just pulled up your jeans without even unzipping them. If anything you need a belt. You’ve grown a bit, I think. But, they still fit!”
When did such young kids start caring so much about clothes? I asked her why she didn’t tell me all this while we were buying her jeans at the start of this school year, and her only reply was, “Well, I just didn’t know I’d like skinny jeans this much!”
We play this little game now. She hides the non-skinny jeans in the donation pile, and I drag them out while she’s sleeping and put them back in her closet. They still fit her, after all!