I try pretty hard not to complain. But some things just irk me and today I was feeling especially irritable. I would usually just vent about this to a select few people, certainly not in a public space…but I can’t help it today, so here it goes.
In Michigan, I get that it feels like summer is here when the sun comes out for a few days in a row. Or when the temperatures hit a certain high…like 50 degrees or so. But you can always tell that summer is really near when all of the moms start trying to squeeze their 40 year old rear ends into their 12 year old daughters size 2 booty shorts. As I sat at my son’s little league baseball game today I saw more than my share of these moms and it got me thinking that there are some things that us moms just shouldn’t wear. I think most of these could be for any time, but we’ll just call this little league etiquette. I compiled a list in my head at the game…as I sat there wearing my winter coat and wrapped in a wool blanket watching those other moms pretend that they weren’t freezing.
The first and most obvious one based on my observations today is booty shorts. I know you must’ve been roasting in that 52 degree weather, but come on ladies, there is no need to show the world your cheeks. I don’t care if you’re a size 2 or size 22, there is no need for all of us other parents to have to look at your ass hanging out all over the place…we just want to watch our kids play ball.
Shorts/Pants with words on the butt. You are not a “cutie” or “sweet” and it’s just plain stupid for your butt to say “pink”. I’m a firm believer that a woman’s butt is not meant to be a surface for reading material. (I especially think this is true for your daughters…there is no reason in the world to draw attention to your child’s behind…but that’s for another time.)
Pajamas. Nothing says “I don’t give a crap about my appearance” like wearing your pjs out in public. My son’s game was at 1:00 this afternoon. Why in the world are you in your pajamas? You’re a freaking grown up! Didn’t you have any responsibilities to fulfill today before the game that required you to get dressed? Grocery shopping, yard work, anything? Maybe you should’ve gotten dressed to go into 7-11 and get that Big Gulp of Mountain Dew that you’re letting your toddler drink.
Yoga pants/leggings. Call them what you want, they’re tights. And they’re not appropriate outerwear attire, ever. Not for you. Not for your daughter. Not for anyone. Unless of course they are worn underneath something, then they’re acceptable. But not alone…do you not look in a mirror? Do you not see what we see, which is basically everything?
Tiny Tees. Are you trying to cut costs by buying children’s size clothing? Listen, I am one of you. I know firsthand that my belly just isn’t as flat as it used to be pre-little darlings. But why accentuate it by wearing a shirt that clings to every roll?
Tanks with built-in-bras. It may not say it on the tag, but these are not meant for us moms. We all know that the girls lose their perkiness once we’re graced with a little one. They’ve had their time to shine, and it was years ago. There is no amount of building-in that will help us. You need a bra, a bra is your friend.
Hey, I’m not being judgmental. I’m really not. I couldn’t care less how you dress most of the time. But spare your child the embarrassment on the field. And for the sake of all of us other parents who really just want to watch our kids play ball, it would just be really nice if you could wear clothes…that actually fit you…for the remainder of the season.