Lily had her first mean-kid experience today. It broke my heart. She is getting so great on her bike that I let her get quite far ahead of me at the park today. I was further delayed by a canine excrement disposal (no? Didn't manage to make that sound less gross?) so although I saw from afar that a little boy approached Lily, said a few words, and ran off, I didn't know that he didn't just say, "Hello, I like your helmet."
When I caught up to her, she had dismounted and pushed her bike to the shade. She had a pensive look, neither upset nor hopeful. Quietly, she muttered, "The boy told me to go away. He said he didn't like me." I answered with an army of questions: "Who did? That boy? What did you say?" She looked at me and simply said "He doesn't like me!" My sweet, innocent, little girl was completed crushed by the fact that a random stranger kid didn't like her!
The boy had pranced off across the street with his mother and brother, thankfully too far for me to shout something inappropriate to him. "Do you want me to run over there and say something to him?" She shook her head. "No, I just want to go home."
I fear this was foreshadowing the upcoming school year full of schoolyard kids often up to no good.
Lily starts school in September. As a February baby, she still isn't old enough for junior kindergarten at the public school, so we signed her up for preschool at a French institution around the corner. (I'm already dreaming of summers spent in the south of France, where pain au chocolat has replaced goldfish crackers as our snack of choice.)
The start of school is exciting and stressful. I'm sure I'm not alone in my worries of how Lily will behave in the classroom. I want her to be attentive and obedient. I want her to have fun. I want her to meet friends with whom she can laugh and play and be kind. I also want her to never have to deal with a bully. Obviously, I'm not going to get all that. Maybe I should just hope that she, herself, will never be a bully.
Last week I started working on some school-appropriate clothing for Lily. The last 3 years have been spent in sweatpants and leggings, hand-me-downs that are fully worn at the knees, stretch clothing that is a size or two too small.
I started with a nice pair of pants. Oliver and S has a pattern for "after school pants" which are actually perfect for "during school", in my opinion. There are front and back pockets and a spot for accent fabric at the ankle. They are elastic waist, but much cleaner and finished than a standard pair of sweatpants.
I used a cotton cross weave fabric by Moda in cream and brown. The accent fabric has a lovely nautical theme. I included all the top stitching for a nice professional look. A pretty easy sew for such a sharp look. I'll likely make another.
I can't prevent Lily from encountering mean-kids at school, but I can teach her to be kind and loving to everyone she meets. And I can dress her in some fantastic pants that will at least make the teacher say "Chics pantalons!!!"