I don't remember the pic being taken, but I remember that baby blue dress and pink scarf vividly. In my kindergarten class, there was a "dress up" area. One side of the closet contained "boy" clothes, and the other side had "girl" clothes.
As recess time would get closer, I anticipated grabbing that baby blue dress, and asking a friend to 'Zip me up!' LOL. Of course, growing up in a VERY small Kentucky town, when a kindergarten boy wants to put on the dress instead of the business suit, it raises an eyebrow or two.
However, I loved going to school just so I could put on that dress and have tea time with my friends. I don't remember any of the other kids having a problem with me putting it on. It was the adults that told me it was wrong, saying:
"Boys don’t wear dresses."
I remember that the teasing started around 4th grade, and a boy told me that his mom said I was 'girly.' He gave me the nickname of 'Tinkerbell.' He sat right behind me in class, so I got called that a lot. But I wore that nick name proudly!
This is my favorite picture from my childhood - the baby blue really brought out my eyes. LOL. Looking at it just reminds me to have a personal sense of strength. If I can throw on a dress in kindergarten, why should I feel that I have to hide who I am today?!
I think this was the same year I dressed as a girl for Halloween. My dad took us Trick-or-Treating. I wore my sister's skirt and top and one neighbor answered the door, and said: "Who is this pretty little girl!" My dad said, "That’s my son!" and the neighbor said, "He makes a much prettier little girl than he does a boy!"
Trick-or-Treating officially ended for the night after that comment...
But it sure makes for a great story!
(Bo & Luke Duke, "Dukes Of Hazzard")
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