Monday, August 31, 2009

thoughts as a daughter starts going to school


How quickly four and a half years have gone past.

That I don't like dark uniforms on young children. It's true that it could be worse: it could be bottle green. But why not a dainty light stripe, a flippy skirt, a chic A-line dress, or an upcycled jolly curtain? What do French children wear to school?

How difficult it is to buy uniforms that aren't made of acrylic, viscose, and other synonyms for 'uncomfortable'.  Or polyester, which ages beyond redemption in one wash.  A minor word of thanks to Marks and Spencer, who sell some cotton school clothes.

I guess I sound like a Guardian reader now.  That's what covering schoolbooks in clear contact does to you.  Organic rhubarb schnapps, anyone? 

18 comments:

  1. How precious is she! What a stinkin' cutie!

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  2. Aw, I think her uniform looks cute. But I grew up uniform-free, so maybe it's just the novelty value of it that appeals to me?

    I wouldn't be a fan of acrylic and polyester uniforms though. Ick.

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  3. I am so sorry that the clothes are crap...but if it makes you feel better, she looks absolutely adorable. I really hope her first day was fun and full of new adventures!

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  4. She may be uncomfortable but she looks so cute! And you know, I can't for the life of me remember what French uniforms look like. I'm picturing berets (and baguettes under their arms) but I'm pretty certain that's revisionism on my part.

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  5. What a divine little girl. I actually love navy uniforms, my daughter's winter uniform is navy. They wear better. I am sure she will have so much fun at school!

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  6. Seriously could she be any cuter!

    Loved your comment, I'm thinking I may have to give my friends a good talking too as well, you know lose the trackies or else but I'm slightly afraid they may have a few things to say to me in return .... hmmm
    xoxo

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  7. Oh, no, I absolutely cannot face this, my girls are tiny still and I will be clinging, wepping, to their pants legs!

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  8. My small girls went back to school today- I volunteered to turn up for hugs at 10.30, and again at 12, but apparently that's not socially acceptable.

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  9. Speccy, that's so funny! I look forward to the day when my daughters find my behaviour socially unacceptable.

    Thanks, you all, for uniform day morale-boosting!

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  10. she looks lovely and very happy to be on her merry way to school. ....what a journey lies ahead.....incidently I think a guardian reader would have covered the books in something recycled. ;0)

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  11. She looks adorable. Mine have school uniforms too and I thank God for it cos I know my very fashion conscious 5 year old daughter would fight and argue over her clothing decisions every day.

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  12. Hey, thanks for the comment on my blog - yup, I type like a veritable whirlwind (which means I often don't censor myself enough!!).
    Your daughter looks gorgeous and I think her uniform is fab. When my son started school he had to wear yellow (??!) and bright blue - looked foul. had to change school as soon as humanly possible.
    Hmm, that's NOT a very Guardian thing to say, is it??
    Janex

    PS - isn't that hotel something else??

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  13. Your little girl is beautiful! She looks quite charming in her uniform.

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  14. Oh she looks such a star! I am loving the red tie too.

    When my eldest started school last year I thought I'd be all "great, now i can get some work done and actually spend some time with the baby" but in fact, I just bawled like a toddler as we entered the school gates.

    And also, you'll be quite glad of the polyester and acrylic when you realised how filthy they get at school and how many stains 100% cotton can actually absorb...

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  15. She looks the image of you! And her uniform looks very french to me! She is just missing the beret.:)

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  16. Ah she looks so happy in her uniform. Mind you all I could think of is your comment about how fast the years have gone by ... ahh I've 2 more years left before 1st day of school. I'd say I'll be more upset than HoneyB. How did you cope?? Lots of chocolate??

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  17. Somesaycocoa, it's so true. Sometimes when family life is intense I find myself in front of the chocolate drawer without even realising I'm heading there. At least if I only buy 85% I don't eat much of it. Enjoy the 2 more years of peace with HoneyB!

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  18. This picture of your daughter is SOOOOOO CUTE! love it! thanks for stopping by my blog, like yours too! nighty night, geisslein

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You're looking particularly well.

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