Recently one of my friends posed a question on Instagram. She asked if we (her followers) would allow our littles to leave the house in costume. That wasn't her exact question, but that's the gist of it.
My immediate answer was YES! Of course! Yes, yes, yes. A million times yes.
I have allowed my girls to go out in costumes their entire lives. Monkey heads, cat costumes, princess dresses, Sadie had a phase where she liked to dress like a chef. Harper wore a flamenco dress for an entire day in Barcelona. Crowns are worn on the reg, as are cowgirl boots. Fancy party dresses are worn for no reason at all. Cate had about a month where she wore a monster head every single second of every single day.
As I type this Lucy is in a purple sequined dance costume and Cate is dressed like Snow White, with a winter hat on her head.
I believe it's whimsy, plain and simple.
I don't find it to be disrespectful. Of course I wouldn't allow the girls to dress like animals, astronauts, or princesses for a wedding or a formal event, those things have a specific dress code.
But I love, love, LOVE this phase of their lives. Soon enough we will be arguing over fashion choices. This is a non-issue. Want to wear that cowgirl hat to dinner? SURE! Want to go grocery shopping dressed like a cheeseburger? WHY NOT! Rock that tiara, sister!
I routinely utter the phrase "No you cannot put on that dress until we get there. I can't buckle all that tulle into your car seat!"
We spend too much time worrying what others think. I wish I could wear a dang tutu now and again. Come to think of it...why can't I?
You know the best part? The looks on other people's faces. 9 times out of 10 (and many days 10 times out of 10), people stop and grin. And many of them stop to speak to us.
This season in our lives is a blink. A flash in the pan. Soon I will be surrounded by sequins, tiaras, tulle, and slippers. And no one will be wearing them. And oh...I will miss this so so so much.
Let them be little. Let them dream, scheme, and play.
Let whimsy win. Say yes to fantasy and daydreams. It's one of the few things I can always say yes to without reserve.
Can I get an amen?