It amazes me these days the amount of kids who wear name brand clothes and shoes. It makes me think about how I grew up and how it is so different now. I know that there were kids who had it worse off than I did. I didn’t see that then but looking back I see it.
I NEVER had a pair of brand name shoes until I was a freshman in high school…I got a pair of K Swiss shoes. When I was very young my Mom made my clothes. I can remember having a bunch of these pattern packages in our hall closet. I had shirts, skirts, dresses, and pants all in the same patterns. I hope I am not the only one that wore those!!! Jason calls them little house on the prairie clothes.
When I was in 5th grade all the girls had these leggings with the lace on the bottoms. I knew we could never afford them and I think my Mom felt bad so she made me a pair. They didn’t look store bought but I wore them to school anyway and everyone could tell they weren’t store bought. Even though no one made fun of me I was still embarrassed. I never told my Mom that, even though she was not good at showing emotion or affection, I knew it would hurt her feelings. I got most of my clothes from thrift stores. We never got to go out to nice restaurants for good grades. McDonald’s was even a treat for us. We never got good steak, rather Salisbury steak. I still like that but hubby does not. We never went on vacations and rarely went to the movies. My Mom did her best considering she was taking care of her 2 kids, her no good worthless husband and his son. We always had a roof over our head and never went hungry, that I am thankful for now.
Seeing the kids today…they almost all have name brand clothes and shoes, my son included. When he was young, sure he had thrift store clothes because I saw no point in buying name brand clothed that they would out grow in 3 months!!! People find out that I have only one child and I often get this response, “oh he must be spoiled rotten!” I don’t think he’s spoiled, well maybe a little but it’s easier when you A) have only one child and B) have grandparents who are able and love to help out. I guess it is important to me that he has nice clothes and shoes because I never got that. And we do take him to nice restaurants for good report cards. He gets most everything he wants and everything he needs. But he is not a brat. There is a difference between being spoiled and being a spoiled brat. We like to give him everything I didn’t have and everything that his dad did and didn’t have. The most important thing we give him though is our time, something I did not get.
You always want better for your child. Better than you had even if you did have it good. Does that make our children now spoiled?? What do you think and how is it different from when you were growing up. It also makes me wonder what times will be like when our children have their own!!!!