Monday, July 09, 2007
We spent 4 days last week scraping, sanding, spackling and painting both the kids' bedrooms. I'm not including pictures yet because they're not quite finished, but hopefully they will be soon.
Anyway, we ended up putting all three kiddos in the larger room - Rach & Zekers share bunk beds and Kari Bou sleeps in a little toddler bed. That way the baby can have the smaller room all to himself until he starts sleeping through the night.
With 3 kids come 3 different decorating ideas. So we abandoned all attempts to tie them all together into one cohesive theme, and just let R & Z each pick a comforter of their choice. Karis gets to use Rachel's Dora sheet/comforter set, which is fine with her.
Ever since Zekers first saw Disney's Cars, he fell in love with Lightning McQueen and Mater, so he was delighted to find a comforter with these 2 emblazoned across it. Rachel had a tough time choosing between Disney princesses and Tinkerbell, but finally selected the latter. This worked out perfectly, as all three comforters contained similar yellow accents (Yes! A common theme!). So we painted the walls a cheery yellow, set up the bunk beds, and purchased the finishing touch - three sets of wall appliques, one each of the characters to match their bedding.
As I prepared to put up the appliques of Tinker Bell, I stopped short. What my eyes beheld was not the innocent little fairy I remembered from the Peter Pan I watched as a child, but an almost Marilyn-Monroe-esque little pixie - complete with cleaveage, curvy hips, and "come-hither" eyes. I also didn't remember her being so scantily dressed.
Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I can't bring myself to plaster this sexy little image around my 4-yr-old daughter's bed. I don't want her to grow up thinking this is an acceptable way to dress or to carry herself. The actual appliques are below - am I just being an overprotective mom? I really don't think so. I firmly believe that immodest dress among teens doesn't happen overnight, but is a result of their being conditioned from childhood that this kind of clothing makes a woman attractive. I don't want my daughter thinking this is ok - even for Tinkerbell!
The one possible solution we've come up with is to use 2 or 3 of the less seductive stickers and stick on a little sweater (and maybe leggings?). I'm thinking this would maybe work with the fairies from the far right and left panels. But check out the ones in the middle - I'd almost expect to see a couple of these on the rear wheel flaps of a semi truck . . .