I have two little girls…. who have broken my heels, snagged my dresses and emptied my make up over the years. They have a collection of princess dresses and fairy costumes that have been added to at birthdays and Christmases. Now my eldest is turning nine, nothing fits anymore and the 6 yr old has inherited more dresses. No problem, I thought when my distraught little girl cried that she couldn’t be a princess anymore. No problem, I thought as I clicked onto the internet preparing to find the perfect dress…
I still haven’t found it…. why….? Because apparently little girls stop being princesses at eight years old. My beautiful girl is tall and so would need a 10 yr olds dress but unfortunately it seems almost impossible to find. Images and images of beautiful princess dresses abound from my google search yet all are especially made for small princesses… toddler princesses… up to 3 and up to 6 year old princesses with the odd up to eight yrs old thrown in for good measure. How do you tell an almost nine year old she can no longer be a princess?
However it’s not just the dress up (or lack of) which bothers me… it’s the rows and rows of Daisy Duke shorts, the itsy bitsy bikinis for mere children… the hotpants and belly tops thrust at this age group. And as for cardigans… gone are the days when you wanted her neat or were trying to avoid a kidney infection… the choice seems to be tiny bolero’s or long cardigans with no buttons because apparently they are supposed to be worn with a vest or belly top?!!!
Surely the world is gone mad when we tell an eight year old she can no longer dream of princesses and her fashion choice is black goth or tacky teeny bop?
Even wellies…. I began the search for new wellies for her optimistically thinking I’d pick up a pair easily enough…. I was wrong…. apparently a child’s foot goes from size 12 straight to size 4? In between sizes are a rarity and if you do find them appear to necessitate a heel! On wellies!!! Who on earth would put a heel on a child’s pair of wellies? My eight yr old had a tiny one on her comunion shoes and couldn’t walk properly for a few days!! But seriously…. on wellies?!!!
Oh how I laughed looking back at the old pictures of me in flowery dresses, warm woolly cardigans and coats that covered me bum… now I look at them wistfully and gratefully…
So it’s back to google for me and and my search but in the meantime I am dusting off my needle and thread because at almost nine years old my baby is still a princess and always will be. x