When I was a little girl, my mother loved dressing me up for the holidays. There were Christmas dresses and Halloween costumes, but her favorite was the Easter dress. I have absolutely no memory of this, but I guess I wasn’t the best sport about all the girly girl stuff. Fortunately I was also the type of child that got very attached to specific things so sometimes my mom got lucky. My Easter dress at four years old was one of those things.
I imagine being a parent trying to fancy your child up for something nice, like a big church service on a holiday, is a bit of a challenge. First of all, children (especially headstrong ones like me) like to do their own thing. It’s also true that children have a ridiculous sense of fashion. If left to my own accord, I probably would have waltzed into Easter Sunday with six stuffed animals, a bright pink t-shirt and striped leggings, knee-high socks and blinking jelly sandals. The early 90s were a smorgasbord of poor fashion opportunities.
My mom got her way, though, as moms often do, and the Easter dress was worn. The first year I wore it (I think I was three) it was a smidge too big. At four, it was perfect and had been taunting me in my closet for a whole year. I wanted to wear the pretty flowery dress and I wasn’t allowed to and it wasn’t fair. When Easter finally came that year, I was so excited about finally wearing the dress that I even behaved for a picture.
No judgement on the fashion, please. Like I said – early 90s.
Do children still dress up for Easter Sunday?
This post was written as part of the April A-Z Challenge. For 26 days in the month of April (excluding Sundays), a post will be written for each letter of the alphabet. April sixth is “E” and so I chose a memory from my childhood as my topic. My mom tells me often how much I (apparently) loved this dress. Can’t see now what the appeal may have been!
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