And While We’re on the Subject / Y Mientras Estamos en el Tema

KIDS! I LOVE when they’re allowed to express themselves and choose their own clothes. I wish I could say I felt the same way about adults.


NIÑOS! AMO CUANDO se les permite expresarse y elegir su propia ropa. Ojalá pudiera decir que me sentía igual con los adultos.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

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27 thoughts on “And While We’re on the Subject / Y Mientras Estamos en el Tema”

  1. I have the answer. . . maybe, I think so could be or maybe !
    The little ones pick out what they like many many many years ago. Some grew up but “never grew up” so as adults they dressed in whatever was clean, messed up or not they wore it, Their kids saw it and thought that was the way of the world and like all kids (before the world beats them down) jumped in with both feet and expressed what happiness is.
    parsnip x

    1. Parsnip,
      I have a feeling these adults were dressed in very staid outfits when they were young. Maybe they’re just rebelling… or, um, revolting?

  2. You know, maybe these “adults” just haven’t lost their sense of fun. These clothes are serving their purpose of covering the tacky body parts. Who made the fashion rules? Why can kids be tacky and adults can’t? Who told us not to wear stripes and plaids together? Why do we listen? I’m going to buy me some crocs and crew socks, polka dot shorts and a paisley (gay sperm) shirt and go to WalMart to be with my fashion peeps! I’m having a nightmare! Somebody wake me up, please! Oh dear, I promised Maddie that I wouldn’t use the “c” word anymore. I’m sorry Mads. You can’t help your nightmares 🙂

    1. When I Am Old.
      When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
      With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
      And I shall spend my pension
      on brandy and summer gloves
      And satin sandals,
      and say we’ve no money for butter.
      I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,
      And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,
      And run my stick along the public railings,
      And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
      I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
      And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens,
      And learn to spit.
      You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
      And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,
      Or only bread and pickle for a week,
      And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats
      and things in boxes.
      But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
      And pay our rent and not swear in the street,
      And set a good example for the children.
      We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
      But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
      So people who know me
      are not too shocked and surprised,
      When suddenly I am old
      and start to wear purple!

      Jenny Joseph When I am old .. I shall wear purple!

      1. David,
        I have always loved this poem. I always think of it when I wear purple.

    2. Deedles,
      Apologies to Maddie, but I had Crocs once a long time ago and they were REALLY comfortable.

      1. My ugliest shoes are the most comfortable, although I’ve seen some really hideous (both in price and appearance) shoes that makes me believe the people wearing them must have only one normal big toe per foot, while the rest are welded together! I’ve never had Crocs, but they look like they make your feet sweat. Ick.

      2. Deedles:
        I wore my Crocs with socks (because it rhymed) and I don’t remember them sweating. I thought they were made of some special kind of material that didn’t react the same as traditional rubber. Anyway, I didn’t wear them long, but they WERE comfortable… and hideous.

    1. Mistress Maddie,
      It’s amazing what kids can get away with that adults can not. At least in my world!

    1. Kathleen,
      Oh, I’ll bet we could find them for you! Maternity kitten tights!

    1. Adam,
      My mother was very trendy and fashion conscious. But I was always a bit overdressed I think!

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