9/03/2009

The times they are a' changin'

Not too long ago, there was this:



Almost a year later, it was time for me to go back to work and stick P in Nursery: Das Gulag. At 11 months, this was her first full day of hard labour:



Yesterday, my baby started her first day at Big School. Big School dictates that one must wear regulation school-specific apparel, only available to be purchased from the school directly or one large department school. One must have a red leotard and matching red ballet shoes, again, purchased from a singular store, and one store alone. Hair, if below shoulder length, must be pulled up, but only using a navy hairband! Shoes, black, cannot possibly be patent, and have to feature a t-bar design. Any other shoe construction pattern is unacceptable. In the winter, if one must wear a scarf, said scarf must be the school's own design. The saving grace, at least for another year, is that she needn't wear the school blazer, available at the earlier-mentioned department store for the bargain basement price of 80 British pounds. We'll be getting out a loan shortly in preparation.

So here she is - my wee "big" girl in her uniform, complete with her first pair of Docs. You can put my kid in a uniform, but I'll make sure she has a hint of subculture peeking out somewhere.



16 comments:

nutsinmay said...

My God. She can't possibly be old enough to go to school in a uniform already. IT. CAN'T. BE.

On the other hand, but my word, she looks adorable in her gym slip. And more like an anime character than ever.

Brigindo said...

The uniform may be doing its best to hide it but she's still cute as all-get-go.

Nic said...

LOVE the docs. And amazing how much has changed in 3.something years. Mind is boggled.

Bittermama said...

Adorable! But my goodness... they dictate the color of the hairband?

I'm picturing a bunch of little demon girls prancing around in their red leotards and red ballet slippers!

Jen said...

I love it, especially the last picture...do I detect a hint of Johnny Rotten there? :) Such a cute girl!

Eva said...

I can't believe how big -- and beautiful! -- she is. But wow, I can barely get 2 dressed every morning, thank goodness they're not particular as to how (I wonder if your school would mind my son showing up with a hairband if it were regulation color).

DD said...

Out of curiosity, what exactly happens to students who rebel and wear a red hairband or patent t-straps? 50 push-ups? Running with a semi-automatic over their heads in the pouring rain for an hour?

hairyfarmer said...

School!? Christ.

Absolutely & breathtakingly cute.

Helen said...

Man. Broken heart? You haz it.

But she can work the cheeky sod grin like no one's business.

elizasmom said...

Dear lord, but that is cute. Little cheeky kids in uniform = fantastic. Dig her docs, too.

Thalia said...

cannot believe she is old enough for school uniform already! She looks like she's rocking it.

Lut C. said...

That uniform does make her look all grown up. But still adorable!

Betty M said...

schooliform already - surely not? very cute though. unfortunately mine go to a "uniform stifles creativity" school - makes for stressful ams.

Caro said...

Cute mini-docs

Kristi said...

A uniform in preschool? Wow. What's with the enforced conformity?

She is all kinds of cute. I can't believe they're in preschool already. Isabella starts next week.

Molly said...

My darling girl, so big! Aww, give her a squeeze from Cheese Hand.