My Son, My Hero

Last term before Christmas my son was picked on in and out of school.

It hurt his heart to walk to a place that he had always thrilled to go to.

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What hurt him most was that people who he thought were his close friends made fun of him.

‘GAY-briel’ they taunted ‘GAY-briel is a big BABY’.

This was a hard nose smashing against life’s window for us as his parents.

‘Are you a baby?’ we asked him, my husband and I.

‘Of course not!’ he replied.

‘Then they are lying. You can ignore lies’ we tell him.

This week the Easter weekend arrived rather earlier than the school holidays. There was the customary Easter bonnet parade to prepare.

My husband picked up a few odds and sods from the local dollar shop. Gabriel surveyed the constituent pieces and gave me my instructions …

‘Mum I need you to put this here, that there and THESE’ he waves a hand left and right.

‘Perfect’ he says of the end result which he joyfully wears to school.

On arrival one of his little adversaries says: ‘GAY-briel – your hat has FLOWERS on it’.

Gabriel looks over his shoulder briefly on his way to the bookshelf.

‘Yes’ he says ‘it does.’

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Half way through FABruary

Left to my own devices I would, most morning most of the time, be flinging on black yoga pants and a singlet. After all it is only a matter of time before I will be going to practice yoga or teaching a pilates class myself. Why bother to change clothes half way through the morning and again half way through the afternoon?

This is, of course, my lazy arse equivalent of wearing pyjamas all day, including to the supermarket.

It is good, therefore, to have my arse kicked by the lovely Fox in Flats once more for another month of daily style challenges.

For those of you unfamiliar with the last style challenges I would encourage you to read the following posts:

The Dress Dare (wear a dress a day for a week)

The Colour In Dares: Day 1 – Looking on the bright side, Day 2 – Green Grass and Yellow Icecream, Day 3 – The Saltire Compromised, Day 4 – By the Peacock, Day 5 – Rehabbing Orange, Day 6 Indian Trucks and Day 7 – The Entirely Unroyal but Still Spectacular Wedding .

and more recently the DAREcember/Dressember posts.

This month’s style challenges in an eggshell blue box shaped nutshell are as follows:

And here is my first fortnight’s Fabruary photo album :

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Dressember 2012 Roundup

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How on earth did I come to be doing two dress up challenges in one December (DAREcember and Dressember)? The obvious answers are that I have: too many clothes too much time on my hands a complete lack of embarassment … Continue reading

‘‘Who wears pigtails still?’’

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The whole point of a style dare is to get you to look at what you do, how you dress in a different way. I have loved all the DAREcember challenges so far, the ones that I have completed anyway. … Continue reading

On your own head be it…

DAREcember Day 4.

The challenge…

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Easy stuff.

I am myopic with no prescription sunnies. I have bad hair days in summer even with short, short hair.

Meet Kangol paper fedora – my new best friend.

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Also the weather is still up to the usual early summer jiggery pokery. Take that – squeals the weather elf as she throws out a shaft of hot lunchtime sun and then pulls it back in in the early evening. Just as I start consider chucking on the flannel jammies (such an enticing peignoir) the heat grabs at the corners of the evening and digs in its wee nails.

So for a dress I play the conservative card, the safe card, the no one wil look at me funny card.

I bunged on a maxi dress.

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A maxi dress is a good mix between –

Hallo sunshine my old friend…

and

Crivens, I need to get the toe nails polished pronto.

Brooches tomorrow.

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Bloggy Bits n Pieces

Dress gifted by Ms Kristen Obaid

Shoes (not seen)  – old Prada kitten heel mules.

Kangol Hat – Ozsale.com.au Warehouse Sale ($15)