View From The Glen

Friday, June 26, 2015

Glamorous Tomboy

"She's wearing a DRESS?"

If I heard it once, I heard it a dozen times, all with smiling, friendly incredulity that I echoed back with a nod and a shrug. "That's what she said."

Anna doesn't wear dresses. Ever. Or not since she was 6 which is when she realized she had a say in what she wore and eschewed the skirts and leggings of kindergarten for a casual Anna-sequel look of environment-sloganed tee shirts and casual pants. It's a style that suits her and that she makes look terrific.

But grade 8 grad changes a girl.

When we shopped for the dress, she tried it on in the change room, came out and said, "It doesn't look right." We identified the problem as one of stance and attitude: one does not wear a fancy dress and stand solid, grounded, and wide-legged as if ready-to-play-goaltender or spar-with-a-fellow-blackbelt (and this makes me want to segue to a whole other post about girls and sports and feminism and society-defined femininity).

It takes practice to wear a dress. Who knew?

And so on Tuesday, in the space of an hour, I went from the mom of a pony-tailed trampolining-in-the-rain-with-her-sister tomboy to the mom of a pony-tailed trampolining-in-the-rain-with-her-sister tomboy who can apparently glam it up when she wants to (with help from Great Aunt Elvina's clip on pearl earrings, and the pearl necklace her grandparents bought her years ago).

We are still working on the goalie stance...⚽️

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Graduation Day

My youngest can't possibly have graduated from grade 6. Just yesterday, I recall taking this picture at her kindergarten graduation:

But time flies, and here we are on to bigger and better things.

Congratulations, Grace. You are awesome. 

From one graduation to another....Anna's grade 8 graduation is tonight. I spent a humid afternoon decorating the hall for the ceremony and following reception. Pictures to follow, but suffice to say that while many of her friends were off getting their hair done, Anna was outside in the rain with her sister, celebrating their graduations and the end of the school year by jumping for joy.

Love these girls! Their love of life is catching!