Do Clothes (Un)Make the Woman?
By Daring Diane
"Mom, why do you buy me all these little girl clothes. I'm in high school. I need to dress like a woman."
"Young lady, you are indeed in high school. And someday you will learn that the clothes do not make the woman. People will love you and understand you based on your character and who you are. The clothes are just decorations. I am not suggesting that clothes are not important. Obviously, for work and important events, we need to dress appropriately. But, you should work to be a good person."
"Mom, when I wear the clothes you buy for me, everyone thinks I'm a little kid."
"Then I suggest you begin to act more mature. Then these people will realize you are older and they will treat you that way. Honey, this is an important lesson. Baby, you are a sophomore in high school and you are an inch taller than I am. People don't think I'm a kid. It is not your size and it is not the clothes. It is how you deal with people."
"Mom I can't believe you are that naive."
"I am not naive. I have real life experience and I know how the world works."
"Mom you are just being silly. The clothes are what people see. It is how they make all their initial impressions and with kids, they seldom ever give us a chance to show them how old we actually are."
"When you are older, you will realize I am right. I am absolutely correct and you can bank on it. Honey, you have to understand that there are things I know that you do not and this is one of those things."
Her daughter looked at her mother and appraised her. "You seem pretty convinced. Are you sure enough for us to have one of our bets?"