I’m not sure who originally bought the dress; it was either Mrs. Cutter or her mother, but that isn’t important. The important thing is that the Cutlet owns an orange dress that comes complete with a brown skirt, brown pants, and a big picture of a turkey on the front.
Leading up to Thanksgiving, the Cutlet was very excited about her special dress. Almost every morning, she would ask us if she could wear it, but we kept telling her that she had to wait until Thanksgiving. That didn’t stop her from talking about it. One day when picking her up from school, her teacher said to me, “So I hear she has a special turkey dress for Thanksgiving.”
The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, her school held a big Thanksgiving feast, and we told her that she could finally debut the dress. She proudly walked into her classroom and showed it off to her classmates.
As it turned out, she wasn’t the only girl in the class to own a turkey dress; two others were also sporting clothing adorned with poultry. One girl’s turkey dress even had her name written on it. (What a little one-upper!) Fortunately, the Cutlet is in preschool and not high school, so having several other girls dressed in a similar fashion was considered to be a good thing.
We had to do a load of laundry the next day so that the dress could be re-worn to Thanksgiving dinner. When we walked into my sister’s house, I believe the first thing the Cutlet said to her cousins was that she had a turkey on her dress.
Apparently, once Thanksgiving was over, the dress was never to be worn again. I learned this one morning in December when the Cutlet was being especially finicky in regards to her outfit. I suggested she wear the turkey dress, but Mrs. Cutter quickly shot down that idea saying that it was ridiculous to wear a turkey dress after Thanksgiving. I countered by pointing out that our daughter often accessorizes her outfits with a mismatched tutu, so I didn’t think it was a big deal.
I’ll give you one guess as to who won that argument.
As I’ve mentioned, mornings with the Cutlet don’t often go smoothly, and picking out an outfit isn’t always an easy process. Today, since Mrs. Cutter had to leave early, I was forced to handle this duty alone. My first suggestion was (as usual) rejected by the little princess. That’s when the brilliant idea came to me: “Sweetie, would you like to wear the turkey dress?” I was more than a little pumped when she happily agreed.
Upon arriving at school, her teachers gave us a slightly bewildered look. “Is that her turkey dress?” they asked. I told them that when Daddy is responsible for the outfit, everything is fair game. Apparently they got a real kick out of it, because the first thing they said to Mrs. Cutter when she arrived in the evening was, “Daddy put her in the turkey dress.”
So what do you think? Did I do the wrong thing by dressing my daughter in an outfit that clearly is out of season? Or am I being smart by getting multiple uses out of the dress and finding a way to get my daughter dressed without much argument?
(Note: Anyone who thinks I was wrong is welcome to come over tomorrow and assist me in getting her dressed!)