Pirates Don’t Wear Pink Flowers

As much as I adore 3-year-old grandson Capt. Adorable’s  wardrobe — cute cargo shorts, precious polos, oh-so-adorable blue jeans — I think that having a baby-girl granddaughter to dress up in clothes such as these would be fun, too.  I mean, who else but a granddaughter can you talk  into wearing bright-pink flowers, yellow kitty cats and a riotous mixture of vintage-style prints? With ruffles? The Captain does have long gorgeous blond curls and he has put on my boots and clomped around the house, but he draws the line at pink flowers and yellow kitty cats. And, admittedly, he likes my boots because he then goes around brandishing a pretend sword and muttering “arrrr” in a spot-onl Jack Sparrow imitation. He would not be interested at all in these darling outfits by The Whimzy Barn I found at the Green Market arts and crafts show in Corinth, Miss., that’s held every month in historic downtown.  Check it out — it’s a great place to shop for young pirates as well as sweet little girls.

P.S. This is a great discussion in light of the controversy surrounding the pink-toenail-polish J Crew ad. Look, we all know that there isn’t a mom around who hasn’t at least thought about “prettying-up” her little boy. In the ad photo (which is a real mom and her child), it’s obvious that the mom and her son love each other and are having a great time. Why this strikes fear into some people’s hearts, I have no idea.

2 thoughts on “Pirates Don’t Wear Pink Flowers

  1. Some of the young pirate boys at clients parties request to be face painted as butterflies, pink ones with sparkles too.It can sometimes be a delicate situation if the parent of that child forbids it. I sometimes try to adapt the butterfly to make it more ‘masculine’ but it is sad that the child’s wishes are overridden. It just goes to show how much we pigeon-hole children according to gender ignoring what they truly desire.

  2. Oh, well said! I was just being sort of silly in this post. We are all about ignoring gender stereotypes in our family: The Captain has a play kitchen (including a pink tea set) and his current favorite movie is The Little Mermaid. Of course, he also loves trains, trucks, mud and worms.

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