WHAT Are They Thinking!?

We’ve all seen them. You know what I’m talking about, little girls
sporting T-shirts displaying obnoxious logos like "Princess" and "Spoil
Me". I don’t know about you, but I don’t find those particularly
offensive, just in the whatareyouthinkinglettingyourdaughterwearthat?? category.

Well, yesterday morning when I dropped my daughter off at preschool, I saw one that takes the cake.

Because the public schools were off yesterday, there were lots of
older siblings accompanying the little preschoolers to class. And as I
was leaving, I passed a nice-looking, well-dressed mom with a 7- or
8-year-old little girl in a pink T-shirt and jeans. I noticed there was
something written on the shirt, so I took a closer look.

And what I saw made me drop to my knees, my hands clasped, and beg this fellow mother, "What in the name of all that’s good and right would compel you to purchase, to say nothing of allow your daughter to wear that shirt!?"

Okay, I didn’t really do that.  But I wanted to.  Because the shirt said…

Are you ready for this?

You better take a seat.

"Dirty Girls"

Yes.  You read that correctly.

"Dirty Girls" in pink bubble letters, accented with a couple of cute
little pink flowers, was emblazoned across the chest of this 8-year old
little girl.

Can someone please explain this to me?  Because I am dumbfounded.

I mean, this is a well-dressed, responsible-looking 30-something mom
bringing her children into a Christian pre-school in a fairly
conservative area of rural Pennsylvania. This is someone who should know better.

And.  The child wearing the
shirt is not some rebellious adolescent with a mind of her own who is
testing the boundaries.  No.  It’s a young child who doesn’t even understand the connotations such a statement is putting out there.

I know I sound like an old fuddy-duddy, and I don’t know when I became my mother.  But REALLY, people.  Back in my day…

Well, you get the drift.

Originally posted October 3, 2006.