I pride myself on saving money. We are not exactly rolling in the dough, so every dollar counts. Holly and I even joke about framing our receipts that show good deals. We are frugal, and we are proud.
Yesterday I went to Target with the intention of getting shoes for the boys and undies for Emma. When your daughter has red lines on her hips from too-tight undies, you know you need to do something. I found little girl's undies on sale, 9 pair for 6 dollars, WooHoo! But only in low-rise. Are. You. Kidding. Me. Low-rise undies for a four year old? There is not a snowball's chance in Lucifer's playground that I will buy low rise underwear for my FOUR YEAR OLD. Why, you ask? Because she is FOUR. That's why.
This is something I have been hearing a lot about lately, from friends and fellow bloggers. I had not quite believed it though, as I had not yet left the toddler section and bought undies in the girls section. I was shocked, and my husband was right there with me. There is no reason for our daughter to have low rise underwear, because she will not be wearing low rise jeans. SHE IS FOUR! The really hard part is, I will have a difficult time finding jeans that are not low rise as well.
What are we teaching our daughters here? Why must they look like teenagers at such an early age? Why do little girls need to grow up so fast? Why can't we let our little girls hang on to their little-girlhood, where they want to marry their daddies and believe in magic? We need to let our children just be children, and to wear clothing that lets them play on the swings and catch frogs without showing their qualifications for your next plumbing job.
I'll get down off my soapbox now.
We looked long and hard for undies with characters on them, but struggled to find any. Finally, in a far corner of the section, we found one style of princess undies. Seven pair for eight dollars. Not a deal by any means, but we bought them anyway. I purchased then with pride, even though the purchase went against everything in my frugal nature, even though I knew I could be paying less and getting more. But we were able to purchase something money can't usually buy. The chance for our little girl to stay little for a while longer.
And you can't put a price on that.