RB and I are natural, semi-crunchy types. We are mostly concerned with feeling comfy, and can be found 99% of the time in t-shirts and jeans and shoes that feel good. I don't wear a full face of make-up or any make-up at all, actually because I hate the sticky feel of it. We don't go tanning or dye our hair. We are not likely candidates for plastic surgery. We look how we look and smell, pretty much how we smell. We would not be described as fancy pants hipsters, but we do what we likes.
Then, there's Keeler, our almost seven year old son. I remember when Keeler first got it into his head that he would like to wear a suit. He was 18 months old and we had started attending Unity Church where many of the men dressed up. Keeler was hooked. Not long after that he stood on his changing table while, to his extreme delight, I buttoned him into is first button-down shirt and he declared, "I look snoozy." (snazzy, that is.)
A few months later he began making speeches, standing on his bed, using the bedrail as his podium. His Presidential campaign was underway.
Now Keeler is the proud owner of one single-breasted and two double-breasted suits. He wears them to my mom's house for dinner on Friday nights, he wears them to the library, and for school pictures. When his brother needed an x-ray, he wore one to the hospital, this time with rain boots. Of course, he wears them on holidays and when someone comes to the house for the first time.
When he can't wear a suit for one reason or another, he still adheres to a strict fashion code. He shuns long-sleeved t-shirts or clothing with graphics saying, "I don't want to look cool; I want to look nice." and opts for a button-down shirt and corduroy pants.
He has recently acquired an adult briefcase, the kind with a combination lock which, after his suit collection, is his prized possession. He still has his eye on the presidency and talks endlessly about what laws he plans to pass when he gets there and whether or not so-and-so is going to vote for him. Just about every day I ask myself where this kid came from. He certainly has his own style and his own mind. I love him to itty bitty bits and am super proud that he does what he likes.