Thomas 6
N.B. before I lived in the Deep South, I really had no idea little boys still dressed like this.

12 responses to “Thomas

  1. All. the. time.

    And I hate the fact that everyone here calls my baby a sissy if I dress him that way. That’s one of the biggest reasons I hate this place. I can understand differences and I hate the fact that people wear flip flops to church ’round here, but I don’t go call them “trailer park trash” for it. there is just something about this place that lacks the care and concern for respect of dressing up for church. It’s GOD’s House, People. Sorry, I got a little testy there. I just don’t understand it some times and this is a hot topic for me.

    Thomas looks beautiful! And, yes, boys can be beautiful too.

  2. Well, the SmockLady beat me to it: our oldest (now nine) was probably five before I saw him in “junior man clothes” (e.g., shorts and a t-shirt) and that was just fine and dandy with me. And it was fine with him too: he couldn’t stand to have anything touching his waist. We would’ve preferred to do the same with our now three-year-old, but as the SmockLady has said, the “little sissy clothes” comments are hard to take.

    And I will never get used to seeing junior man suits on little boys, unless it’s a Halloween costume. Put those little boys in John-Johns or Eton suits. They’ll have plenty of years ahead of them to wear coats and ties.

  3. He looks really cute! (and very clean, I’m not sure my two would have stayed like that for long!)

  4. I think we must not be part of the “real” Deep South. I don’t see little boys dressed like that much, if at all, here. Little girls here, on the other hand, often wear smocked dresses and gigantic ribbons in their hair. Kyrie looks more modern than many of them. Hehe!

    Very cute little boy & outfit.

  5. Rachel, you’re right: things are quite different ’round here than they are on the other side of the River. I think we are too much in the orbit of Texas on the one hand and Arkansas on the other.

  6. That’s my little man! Kristen can take some rockin’ pictures.

    Well, even in the Deep South, we have our detractors. I have three sisters-in-law. Two of them dressed their own sons this way. One of them thinks I’ve lost my mind.

  7. Two thoughts:

    I wouldn’t classify Louisiana as Deep South. Texarksiana is not Deep South. Parts of TN, and MS, AL and most of GA is my Deep South.

    We don’t dress up at our church. The kids often do, but not the adults. It’s rare that I wear a skirt, and as I’ve been shrinking and have changed sizes a few times in the last year, I’m glad to not have to buy Sunday clothes from a practical standpoint.

  8. This is a beautiful and classic portrait. I hope Martha gets it printed on canvas! She can ask our friend Meredith where to get canvas prints done if y’all don’t already have a source, which you probably do …

  9. We’re actually part of the Ark-la-Miss, Kristen, not “Texarksiana.” Technically, we are Deep South, but like I said, we’re not really considered the “real” Deep South by many people. :D Either way, I’d rather be in the Northwest (I should get that bumper sticker! hehe).

  10. That’s my distinction ;) From my limited exposure, Louisiana has its own culture, but it’s closer to Arkansas and East Texas than the deep South.

  11. Yeah, I didn’t know that little guys dressed like that either! But at my traditional presbyterian church, it is the very common attire. One lady keeps giving me bags of these sweet old fashioned oultfits, so I keep putting them on Deacon. But when I take him to church in Ohio, people don’t quite get it.

  12. Very interesting. About 2 years ago ?05) I posted a note about my 12 year old and how fed up I was with the clothes he was wearing etc. Well, I must have gotten 80 plus commenbt almost all negative because I admired the older “Eton look.” Anyway I posted it on a site called under “Advice on Pre Teens. Its till there titled “Boys and Clothes” Too long to copy here. People were almost viscious I thought.

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