Did you sew as a teenager? And was sewing considered ‘cool’ where you went to school?
I was definitely not one of the cool girls at school. In those days, and I am talking way before Kate Moss made vintage cool, anything home made or secondhand was not cool. And as everything I wore in those days was either or, I was branded a nerd (although we weren’t called nerds then, we were ‘dags’). That and the fact that I spent every spare second in the sewing room, didn’t have a boyfriend and actually liked doing my homework were things that were never going to befriend me to the cool crowd.
Molly Ringwald in Pretty In Pink
To this day I still don’t know what made the cool girls cool. I suspect it was more complex than just having fancy new clothes and the right haircut.
So why am I musing on this now, nearly two decades later.
Well Miss C, who is only in kinder, is already talking about the cool girls. And part of me desperately wants her to be one. And the other part desperately wants her to be a nerd and carve her own path. Sigh. I get the feeling that this parenting gig only gets harder from here on in.
I think I will print out this post and stick it on the fridge to remind myself that it doesn’t matter that my home will never feature in a glossy magazine, my hair will never be the ‘right’ hair, and I will never be part of the cool crowd but I will always make my own clothes regardless of whether it is considered cool.
And when the time is right I will read it out loud with Miss C.
Have any of your kids run into trouble against the cool gang at school?