This Is Me At Age Two

November 1, 2007

Okay, not really. She was supposed to be Mary Tyler Moore, or a stray Caucasian extra from the Foxy Brown movies, but neither the shag wig nor the afro wig would stay on her head, which is to say, the small person in question pulled said wigs off of her head every time I tried to put them on (which, admittedly, I did while laughing at her, which she didn’t appreciate. No Mommy laughing!!!)

So she just ended up thusly, a tiny person in a polyester lounge suit (fabricated in Montreal in 1973, according to the label.) She wanted to wear a squashed little porkpie hat with the outfit, but that just made her look a wee, demented Mr. Furley, and I thought that it was probably more poetic that she do her first trick-or-treating excursion dressed as her mother, circa the mid-seventies:


The problem with a costume like this is that, in the city, you could very well come across some kid dressed like this by their hipster parent, which means that not everybody gets that it’s a costume. Again, one or the other of the wigs would have helped, but the child has a hair aversion, obviously, and so we were left with this look, which is either a) very avant-garde children’s wear, or b) an obscurely-referenced Halloween costume. The little old Portuguese ladies on my street didn’t care. They just shouted look at handsome leetle boy! and gave her extra candy. So, you know, it all worked out for the best.

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Against my own better judgment, I decided to leap into the frenzied waters that are NaBloPoMo. Against my better judgment, because I’m barely keeping my head above water as it is (or, out of the toilet water, as the case may be), and because I’ve become the world’s worst blog citizen ever, and shouldn’t I be spending my time actually trying to make contact with the world, rather than just gazing ever more intently at my own navel? But I never follow my own best judgments, so here we are, and in any case I am very much hoping that the act of putting fingers to keyboard every day will prompt or inspire me to actually write something thoughtful, eventually. And if not, well, at least there’s always pictures, and links, and other virtual ephemera, which will all keep me distracted as I struggle to find my way out of first-trimester hell…
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    { 29 comments }

    Hannah November 1, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Ah, when hipsters do Hallowe’en…

    That’s one funky leisure suit. I’m glad you decided to take her trick or treating. Did she have fun?

    Cursing Mama November 1, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Aww – she looks darn cute even without the wig.

    My best trick-or-treater was aged 3, dressed in a fat elvis suit (rhinestones & all) and a big old wig with giant sunglasses. I almost borrowed him.

    The City Gal November 1, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    She is so cute and adorable in my way: she is loud, funny and active.

    People thought I was a boy until I turned 12! I think because I was never into girlie cinderella/barbie thing, well, since my mom would buy me car toys! I had short hair, would climb any wall, say repeat grown-up sentences and ask embarrassing questions!

    Adventures In Babywearing November 1, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Oh man- Mr. Furley… that’s awesome, too.

    Steph

    Lisa November 1, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Oh she’s SO adoreable! LOVE it!

    Good luck with the Nablopomo challenge. How cool!

    Badness Jones November 1, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    She’s so adorable! I did get mine to keep her wig on, and she made quite the impression, what with her dog dressed as her fairy-dog-mother! Hope you both had fun!

    The Hotfessional November 1, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    hair aversion – hee. At least there’s not enough for chewing gum to get stuck in.

    Anonymous November 1, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    I think Cloris Leachman wore that exact same suit!

    Damselfly November 1, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Well, in any case, she looks happy and cute as a bug.

    Beck November 1, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    And what a handsome leetle boy she was, too.

    Phoenix November 1, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    I love the costume. I think people are so happy to not see a teenager on the other side of the door that they probably don’t care what toddlers are dressed as. My niece is three and she got way more candy than the rest of the kids.

    Good luck on the posting every day. I’m not that brave.

    momish November 1, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    She looks adorable and so hip! I dig it!

    Jane November 1, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    she looks so cute. Good luck with the contest and everything.
    -Jane

    http://www.threadsmith.com/babyblankets

    Kyla November 1, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    The vast majority of people didn’t know who BubTar was either (SquidFace?) and he was even called a girl once or twice! He feels WB’s pain. ;)

    Mrs. Chicky November 1, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    I would have gone with Mr. Furley.

    And you’re doing NaBloPoMo?? Has the vomiting caused a bit of brain leakage? You, lady, are my hero. I wish you all the luck in the world.

    motherbumper November 1, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Oh she is such a lovely little boy… Bumper is screaming her name as we speak – she thinks she looks superfly.

    metalia November 1, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    I think Mr. Furley would’ve been the best Halloween costume EVER. Hi, by the way. :)

    fizzledink November 1, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Well, here’s to a fruitful month of navel-gazing!

    b*babbler November 1, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    She looks terrific – and Mr Furley would have been awesome.

    NaBloPoMo? Wow… I’m impressed. Let the navel gazing begin!

    Mac and Cheese November 1, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    It all comes down to being cute and getting candy.

    Karen MEG November 1, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    What a great costume, quite worthy of extra candy!

    Multi-tasking Mommy November 1, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Adorable costume, what an awesome idea! Welcome to NaBloPoMo club ;)

    nomotherearth November 1, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    I’m sure I had an outfit just like that..Although I prefered the skin tight polyesters shirts with silkscreened pictures on it. (Oh, I was so cool…)

    Motherhood Uncensored November 1, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Love the smile.

    BUT NAPOBLOMO?

    Oh lord. I’m already flailing with 151 unread posts.

    And I’ve already READ blogs today.

    Her Bad Mother November 1, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Yeah, NaBloPoMo. There’s gonna be a lot one-liner, “follow this link!” type posts here at HBM…

    flutter November 2, 2007 at 1:31 am

    Can she come fix some stuff in my apartment?

    Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) November 2, 2007 at 1:58 am

    Just the mention of Mr. Furley sent me sprawling and brought back a ton of memories… “come and knock on mah dooor…”

    She is precious.

    PunditMom November 2, 2007 at 11:39 am

    That’s some snazzy polyester! I couldn’t help it … how often do I get to use the word “snazzy?”

    baby advice November 3, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    What a cutie!!!!

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