Her Bad Mother

Thursday, November 1, 2007

This Is Me At Age Two

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.


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...


Blogger Hannah said...

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?

2:00 PM  
Blogger Cursing Mama said...

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.

2:15 PM  
Blogger The City Gal said...

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!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Wilson she/her @babysteph said...

Oh man- Mr. Furley... that's awesome, too.


2:26 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh she's SO adoreable! LOVE it!

Good luck with the Nablopomo challenge. How cool!

2:35 PM  
Blogger Badness Jones said...

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!

2:39 PM  
Blogger TSintheC said...

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

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Cloris Leachman wore that exact same suit!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Damselfly said...

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

3:06 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

And what a handsome leetle boy she was, too.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Phoenix said...

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.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She looks adorable and so hip! I dig it!

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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


5:07 PM  
Blogger Kyla said...

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. ;)

5:11 PM  
Blogger Chicky Chicky Baby said...

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.

5:23 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

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

5:58 PM  
Blogger metalia said...

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

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

8:45 PM  
Blogger b*babbler said...

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

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

8:48 PM  
Blogger Tania said...

It all comes down to being cute and getting candy.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Karen MEG said...

What a great costume, quite worthy of extra candy!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Multi-tasking Mommy said...

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

10:35 PM  
Blogger Run ANC said...

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...)

10:41 PM  
Blogger Motherhood Uncensored said...

Love the smile.


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

And I've already READ blogs today.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Yeah, NaBloPoMo. There's gonna be a lot one-liner, "follow this link!" type posts here at HBM...

11:32 PM  
Blogger flutter said...

Can she come fix some stuff in my apartment?

1:31 AM  
Blogger Lotus (Sarcastic Mom) said...

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.

1:58 AM  
Blogger PunditMom said...

That's some snazzy polyester! I couldn't help it ... how often do I get to use the word "snazzy?"

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a cutie!!!!

7:11 PM  

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