Thursday, July 24, 2008

Double Standards

The kids were in their pajamas when they met me at baggage claim last Sunday.

The coy and devilish Rooster repeatedly pulled her pajama shorts up to flash her butt cheeks at me.


She thought this was hilarious.


I felt surreal saying,

“We don’t show our naked bottom to people at the airport.”

Besides it being obvious, it made me feel like a caricature.

[I am a cartoon mom!]

It also seemed like WAY too literal a thing to say.


I half expected The Mayor to challenge me...

“Can we show our naked butts at the grocery store? How about at the post office?”

I felt slightly guilty suggesting she keep her but in her pants.

I mean, she does come by the urge naturally.

I seem to hang my ass out (at least figuratively) (and sometimes literally, though clothed) all the time.


I can hardly point a finger at Rooster when I'm the one convincing online friends to accompany me to a condemned women's bathhouse to get all naked.

[Oh, hai! I met you on the Internet, want to get naked?!]

There is, however, a line I have to draw.


The Rooster is forever pulling up her shirt and showing off her chest.


I'm telling you right now that girl is NEVER going to New Orleans.


27 comments:

QT said...

Yeah....pot, meet kettle. You pretty much have no room to talk...:)

furiousBall said...

i'm battling this nudity in public thing with my little one too. my first challenge to thwart her from becoming a stripper was picking a first name that doesn't sound good following the phrase...

"And now, on the diamond stage [insert girl name here]"

just steer her away from the clear high heels

Defiantmuse said...

ha! I managed to go 15 years in NOLA w/out allowing my barely there breasts to be flashed on Fat Tuesday. Until that one year when a free drink sounded like a good trade. And then it was caught on camera. Video camera. By some sort of news network. My mom was....well....not too happy.

TZT said...

I always feel bad enforcing these rules about public nakedness myself.

My son is starting to understand them, although he routinely asks to take off all of his clothes "so I can be free" within moments of coming back into the house.

I tend to capitulate when he puts it that way... I mean, how on earth can I deny him his freedom?

Heather said...

They outgrow the naked phase, I swear. But then some of them grow back into I guess.

Magpie said...

Mine takes her clothes off at the drop of a hat.

But not all of her peers do - I picked her up at daycare one day, and they were changing back into clothes (from bathing suits). She was out in the middle of the room; but half the others were hiding in corners, behind furniture, in the bathroom. You know, ashamed or something.

I kind of prefer the shamelessness.

Rachael said...

My son's not at the stripping phase yet... maybe we'll just skip it. Hahaha.

flutter said...

I was about to type something, but then I got too busy mooning my boss

Lisa Milton said...

I'm raising a pack of nudists too.

(You might avoid those Girls Gone Wild tapes too...)

kristi said...

LOL! My company develops pictures and we always know when it is Mardis Gras time! Titties everywhere!

nomotherearth said...

The Rooster and the Boy should get together. Whenever he's feeling shy, he pulls up his shirt and shows off his belly.

Mamma said...

Maybe she's just getting it out of her system now so she doesn't grow up to be an exhibitionist like her mother?

Jenifer said...

....or on Spring Break.

Grim Reality Girl said...

Oh for the days when my kids were young and flashing was cute! I remember the hilarity that followed each bath as they would break free and roam the house in the nude (giggling and celebrating their freedom).

Now they are on the cusp of the teen years and I have a sudden and horrible fear of their nakedness. Please let them keep their clothes on. Please don't let them ever go on spring break.... Please let their current modesty continue.

But who am I to talk? I still have a strong urge to cross skinny dipping off my lifetime to do list....

We will be hypocrites together!!!

Mrs. Schmitty said...

What? No Girls Gone Wild videos in the Rooster's future?

Just worry if she starts wearing lots and lots of brightly colored bead necklaces!

we_be_toys said...

Oh and when she finds out what double talk you've been giving her...she's going to Mardi Gras!!

Love that Rooster's style!

Redneck Mommy said...

Thankfully my lovely children are starting to enter into the dreaded puberty stage and are starting to feel self-conscious about their bodies so I don't have to constantly nag at them to keep their clothes on in public.

But I'm going to have to get a tattoo on my own damned forehead to remember to heed my own advice.

Neil said...

Rather than worrying about children taking after you, I'd like to take after them. Imagine how much better flying would be if you could go to the airport in your pajamas.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Yes, no way, no how New Orleans. If she knew she could get beads?!?! I'd NEVER let my girls there b/c they'd flash anyone for beads (shudder).

I have a booty shaker and show-er, too. He's my little guy---he likes to say, "Shake my bum bum". No idea where he gets that from.

Omaha Mama said...

Oh yes. My B does that shirt thing too. I had to tell her that women have to keep their nipples covered in public. Something I hadn't planned ahead of time, obviously. I read an article once that a woman wrote about a list she and her husband kept on the fridge of ridiculous things you say to your kids. Hubs and I laughed after I told him about it and the same day told our B, "We don't dip elephants in our milk."

Celeste said...

But think of the beads!

All Adither said...

Oh c'mon. She'd bring back a great bead collection. Isn't that what every mom wants for her daughter?

apathy lounge said...

Girls Gone Wild...the Pre-School Version. Beware! Beware!

Barbara said...

Oh, but the pretty beads!

I think I'd rather she be comfortable with her body then to think it's shameful...

When she gets to 14 if she's still flashing her cheeks, you may want to have a chat ;)

Anissa@Hope4Peyton said...

Genes, you can fight them all you want, but they win in the end!

Good luck to you on that one and let us know how it works out for you. LOL

RobinSlick said...

Ha ha - Rooster sounds like my kind of gal.

Sooo...I'm supposed to interview you for Citizen of the Month. Since I am a writer, you would think I'd have no problem with coming up with witty questions...but...there you have it...I'm on empty. Drop me an email, tell me what you'd like to focus on, and we'll go from there.

And by the way, it should cheer you up to know that when your kids are 21 and 22 (like mine), you suddenly switch roles and they become the parents/wise ones while you are left with nothing but nostalgic dreams of flashing in public. Though in my case, I have a nasty habit of acting out said dreams...

xo
Robin

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