A Father’s Day blessing to the true heroes out there. To the fathers to be who wait patiently while their wives struggle with infertility or loss. To the fathers who lost their children due to unfair custody, women who stole/kidnapped or women who are uncaring/uncooperative. To the step fathers who stood in, unconditionally loving and caring. To the widower who mourns his lost love yet still wakes each day with his children in mind, always taking the next step forward. To the true heroes of Father’s Day, you are not forgotten.
As a preschool teacher I love watching children express their sense of fashion and creativity in how they dress. It can be amusing, invigorating or just plain awesome. But today I saw a shirt that threw me off. Yes, I hate seeing a cult society in what hip has to be copied, but getting a four year old a shirt that says ‘ Future Mrs. Bieber” made me wonder, why? What is the point of this? Justin Beiber is a one time wonder from youtube who was seen, published and pushed to be a popular and iconic hit. And yes, you find all sorts of shirts for older women, cups, and posters that celebrate “future mrs ……”.
But what does it mean when a four year old wears a shirt assuming that in fifteen years she is going to be arm candy for a one hit wonder? Its not cute, its not funny, its just kind of sad. Let them try out shorts and skirts, sneakers and sandals, tanks and dresses… but giving them an assumed position, its just degrading. Your child is worth more.