When I was seven or eight my sisters and I went to Panera Bread while my parents went to the AT&T store. While eating lunch my sisters decided it would be funny to convince me that we were on a reality TV show. Pointing to the security cameras, they told me that they were really not related to me and that my parents didn’t love me. My sister Cat said she was an actress from Canada. It didn’t take much for them to convince me, at that time I thought everything my sisters said was true. I mean, they were the older smarter ones. As I was crying they continued to pile on the bad news. My oldest sister, Nia was going to be killed off the show and I would never see her again. At that point I was so upset that I ran out of Panera, leaving my half eaten bagel, and ran to my parents at the cell phone store. According to my sisters people in the restaurant were giving them dirty looks as my sisters laughed. My parents calmed me down and explained to me that everything my sisters said wasn’t true. Still, a few weeks later when I smothered my sister with a pillow, and she stopped moving I was convinced I killed her and that we were really on a reality show much to my sisters’ amusement.
From the left, Tegan, Catrin, Nia
I recently saw the new Disney fairy tale “Tangled” and while I thought it was cute, it made me remember one of my parents’ lies from my childhood. It started with my grandma telling me the story of Cinderella.
In her version Cinderella went to college before she married Prince Charming, and her “happily ever after” included a career. My parents continued this version of the story telling it to me before bed. I was so confused when I saw the Disney movie Cinderella. Where was the college? Where was Cinderella’s career? As much as I loved princesses, I couldn’t help but think how boring it must have been to just sit around a castle all day.
Maybe that’s why I preferred Mulan, Pocahontas and Belle all of whom seemed like interesting people. Mulan was a bad ass warrior, Pocahontas stood up to her father and created peace (even though in reality she married John Rolfe and got small pox), and Belle loved books and wasn’t superficial. Although a lot of my parents’ lies were ridiculous, this lie is one I am thankful for.
My parents had a very different view of Santa and Christmas. My mom would tell me it was completely normal that Santa didn’t bring me a lot of nice presents and of course I believed her. So on Christmas morning the American Girl Doll would say “From Mom & Dad” and not from Santa. However, I would get back to school and while all of the other kids were talking about how Santa got them a bike or a video game system, Santa always got me socks, or lip gloss. Turns out, my parents just didn’t want Santa to get all the credit for the presents they bought me.
Another Christmas tradition of ours was to leave beer and cookies for Santa instead of milk and cookies. My parents told me that it was okay that we left Santa beer because we were his last stop before the north pole and that the reindeer controlled the sled anyway. Later at school I found out that this was not normal at all. My dad who is lactose intolerant, just wanted to drink beer on Christmas eve/Christmas morning.
There is a problem all across the country of girls wearing leggings as pants. Everywhere I turn some girl is wearing this ACCESSORY as an important article of clothing. Leggings are fine if the person is wearing a tunic, dress or skirt, over the leggings. However, leggings should not be worn on their own. It doesn’t matter what size the girl is, leggings as pants is never a cute look.
This picture from stylebistro.com shows Miley Cyrus wearing ripped leggings as pants. Not only is she wearing leggings as pants but they expose even more with the horrendous rips up the side.
So when you are getting dressed in the morning remember to put on pants, and leggings do not count.