I knew that the Munchkin needed some new board shorts. It just so happened that a fairly well-known surf brand was having a sale, so I did a little reconnaissance.
Sure enough, they had a bunch of styles, all at a pretty good price.
I was by myself, and I was tempted to get him the style that I normally buy for him, which tends to be colorful and include some sort of Hawaiian-related floral element. Children Fashion
Because, duh, I’m a girl.
But then I thought to myself that perhaps a nine year old boy would not appreciate flowers on his shorts, and tried to remember that he is definitely at the age where his clothing is being judged, especially by his peers. Not that there is anything wrong with flowers on board shorts, in my opinion, but they just aren’t really in style in my area of the country right now.
I wound up choosing instead a green-gray plaid, which also had a very subtle camo element going through the fabric. Normally I despise camo on “civilian” clothing, but ever since my husband took him here, my son has been very pro-military. Which, fine, I’m technically pro-military myself.
He loved them.
He then told me that he was very relieved that I didn’t get him any with flowers, as one of his older friends had been making fun of his other board shorts. You know, the ones with flowers on them. And while I am very aware that it was just teasing, and truly kids will tease other kids about pretty much anything, I was glad that for that one moment, I wasn’t THAT MOM.
You know, the one who buys their nine year old boy shorts with flowers on them.