Kids’ Costume


“I want to wear the dress.”

It was a princess type costume (way before Disney had their own stores everywhere). They were in kindergarten.

The speaker was a little girl who always looked fashionably well put together. She was the tallest one of the kindergarten class.

The other person who had the costume got to it first when they chose from the opened trunk. She liked the dress and got it as often as she could when it came to playing with costumes.

School had sent her home with a note for her caretakers to dress her more “appropriately” for school.

(her favorite pants were the elastic waist ones her grandma had hand drafted with some measurements and sewn up. There were big, bold numerical prints on a white background).

The little girl was first generation American; her grandparents and parents were from the rural farm areas of another country. It was the late 20th century, and Mao was on the tail end of his cultural revolution. Both her parents and grandparents found work (and eventually had their own businesses) when their feet touched American soil.

“She always gets the dress.” The first girl complained.

Teacher made the girl with the dress costume share and soothed her by counter offering a different costume instead. It was most reluctantly accepted.

Things would have turned out differently if this book was around.

Personally, I would have questioned the complainer’s reasons for wanting said costume.