Rowan Mahler, Fashionista
Yet, despite the fact that there are clothes in the trees everywhere we go, Rowan only just noticed them - today. We were driving to a new school (yes the camp across the street is over) and at some point Rowan looked up and said, "Mommy. Shirt. Pants. Shoes!" And the only thing I could think was...
You see, Rowan has been indulging in an ever increasing obsession with clothes. I suppose perhaps it is age appropriate for a girl. But for the past month or so, she jumps out of bed every morning and instead of asking for milk, begs for me to open her closet doors so she can start picking out clothes.
And as you'd expect of a two-year-old, sometimes she is right on, and sometimes she is so very very off. The biggest issue we have is that she would prefer to wear pajamas - all day long. Even better if the pajamas are adorned with a flowers pattern. And oftentimes she wants to wear long sleeves in the 100% humidity.
Rowan's biggest rule, however, is the pinker the better. And let me tell you, pink has never been part of my vocabulary. I'm a black girl myself.
But frequent costume changes are now the order of the day. She usually changes at least twice before school, once when she gets back, after her nap, before her bath, and then there are often two post-bath outfits before an appropriate set of pajamas drape her little body. At least it means the housekeeper has laundry to do every day - and that keeps her happy. (My housekeeper seems obsessed with the washing machine - but that is a blog for another day.)
But no matter what Rowan is wearing, after she's managed to dress herself, she always lets me know...
I so pretty
And so she is.
But, you can imagine that it is with much trepidation that we move forward into the era of noticing tree clothes. See, I bought out all the 2-T clothes I could find at Children's Place, the Gap, Old Navy, and Overstock.com before we got on the plane to Tanzania - thinking that we wouldn't be able to find acceptable clothes here - not. I bought so much stuff that when the housekeeper unpacked Rowan's suitcase when we moved into our house, her eyes just kept getting bigger and bigger until she looked like she would faint under the burden of my American consumerist ways.
But the thing is we didn't really need to bring clothes at all, because all of the clothes donated by American families to Goodwill or their local church - by you - will be hanging in the trees of Tanzania by next year. So don't be surprised if you see a photo of Rowan in your darling daughter's favorite Hanna Anderson ensemble. In Africa, Hanna Anderson grows on trees.