A little glitz, a little glamour. Throw in a fast car. Some fantastic tile work. Let's see. Am I leaving anything out? Oh ya... a princess! This vintage red Mercedes Benz would have had my father off and telling stories. While I might have been more interested in say the... ah, tile and grout work here. Now the dress. I guess in some places, it's the latest teen-age rage. Get your dad to rent an extravagant dress and some jewelry for the night, and you get to dress up and play 'princess' and attempt to impress people. Believe it or not, I do believe I caught some fleeting glimpses of a reality show on TV that saw kids doing just this.
I filled my teen years with stuff that drove my parents crazy, but they never were forced to dig into their pocketbooks to make me feel special... like they would do that anyway? Ha!
What a prince!
Girlies promoting/selling cars .... simply American marketing genius, I say. We goobers of all ranks even refer to our wheels as "she" .... be it an overpriced status princess or a much used 'n dented mud bootee. I prefer the later myself. Gives a much better ride all 'n all.ReplyDelete
I don't care for those kinds of dresses. I'd rather be chic and sexy that a puffy princess. But to each her own!ReplyDelete
I don't understand how big parties and such became the norm for teens and young people either. But I was happy with a homemade cake and close friends for my celebrations!
Its too much like hard work trying to impress hey Birdman :)ReplyDelete
it's crazy now days...my daughter has been to a few over the top sweet 16 parties...not us, we're just normal peeps! love the photo!ReplyDelete
i'm sorry. but we are ruining our youth...ReplyDelete
Great photo! That dress is a bit of a meringue.ReplyDelete
Sorry Mr. Birdman, you've opened a can of worms with me here.ReplyDelete
Since they were babies, I've boycotted buying into spending stupid amounts of money for my children (lavish parties, iPhones to play games and movies, etc). Mainly because, conveniently, we don't have that kind of money (ha!), but I also find it an insult to my kids' brilliant brains, and their 'good people-ness' that deserves to grow and be nurtured. And that's MY job.
Starting at 1 year-old, their birthday parties have just been simple, small gatherings with cousins and grandparents. My youngest turns 7 next month, which, lately on her birthdays we've tried to be out at the coast where we have a family 'shack' (I need running water and electricity). For her 7th birthday, she asked if the four of us (me, my husband, her, and her sister) could be at the 'shack' again, and she would like to go crabbing early in that morning.
My girls are humble, and does not seem to show entitlement to many things. I feel so lucky :) I feel like I took a gamble, choosing not to do the big circus birthday parties and all the big toys. Instead I sat down on the floor with them and hung out, did drawings with crayons, and baked cookies together. I've been scared that maybe they'll not like me because I haven't given them all the 'things' other kids have. But so far so good...I don't wanna jinx it, but, so far they seem to be happy little people with well functioning brains! Who, even know how to look at adults in the eye and speak politely and have a conversation with them!! So please keep your fingers crossed for me that this will continue. I think the road ahead of them will not be easy.
But I hope it restores some faith, that there still are some of us out there, not 'buying' into all the crap and celebrating mediocrity :) I'm in the business of raising 'real' people here.
And as for the shot, the the geometric designs and the shiny car, the Cinderella dress is a really cool visual! The cleavage is a little distracting, but not as distracting as the ones on the lady on the cruise ship!
I like the photo even if the occasion is a bit over the top!ReplyDelete
But I'd guess your folks spent lots of money to make you feel special: They provided a roof over your head, food to eat, and clothes to wear all of which came with lots of love which just goes to prove that love doesn't come cheap.
Or something like that!
Some parents are filled with too much guilt or perhaps they are being paid too much. Personally, I think kids need to live in reality. Just sayin'.ReplyDelete
Seems to me it's the spoilt brats that feel the most deprivedReplyDelete
I think you've opened a can of worms with this one. ;-)ReplyDelete
The shiny metallic car, the starchy puffy dress, the cool geometric tiles: love this combination.ReplyDelete
I enlarged the photo and studied the . . . subject . . . carefully. That ain't no young teenaged girl.ReplyDelete
Hoo-weee! I hit the "You want it? You buy it!" stage around age 15 or 16 after a childhood of wearing homemade and hand-me-downs. I know I must have been scarred for life, but I think I got over it.ReplyDelete
Like the photo but not necessarily the implications. I'm sort of overwhelmed at the amount of wealth - and stuff - youngsters take for granted now.
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Great composition Birdman!ReplyDelete
Proms and dances were my favorites, but we kept a closet full of dresses that circulated among us for years. A little change here, a little there and wow! A new dress!! Very little cash outlay.ReplyDelete