I’m pretty sure my older daughter Petunia, 4, is mine because I was there in the delivery room when they cut her out of my belly. However, given that there was curtain separating my head from the rest of my body and I didn’t actually see her until, like, a minute after she was born, I have a suspicion there was actually another baby who accidentally or on purpose got switched out and I was sent home with the wrong kid.
The reason I think that is because in her short life to date, Petunia has changed her clothes more times than I have over the course of my much, much longer life. Clothes are, to me, those things I wear because I am either hot or cold, and because no one wants to see me naked (trust me).
Clothes to Petunia, on the other hand, are a means of expression. When she feels something, she wears it. If that means she changes clothes every few hours or minutes, so be it. At first I tried to exert some control over her wardrobe, but I’ve long since given up. I pick my battles. Clothing isn’t one of them.
The thing is, I think she might be onto something. A budding Coco Chanel, perhaps? Punky Brewster’s distant cousin? Or Cyndi Lauper, circa 1984? A mix of all three? You decide:
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All photo credits: Meredith Carroll
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