1/13/2012

The Sad Thing Is, it May Have Been Custom-Made

Story Sent in by Quentin:

Going into my first date at a restaurant with Kimberly, I knew that she had a two-year-old daughter, so that was no surprise. That first date went well (she left her daughter at home), and I had a nice time with her. It was during our second date at a moderately-populated park, however, that things tumbled downhill.

She had said that she'd bring her daughter along, which wasn't a big deal in and of itself. The "I don't think this is going to work out" moment occurred early on, when Kimberly showed up with her daughter, Melanie, in a stroller. Melanie wore a little, light blue shirt with a monochrome graphic on it of two clearly defined breasts (stretched right over the child's chest) and below them, the phrase, "Little Woman."

"This is Melanie," Kimberly introduced her daughter to me, then unbuckled her from the stroller and let her loose to run around in the park.

"That's quite a shirt," I said.

Kimberly said, "Oh, great. You have a problem with it, too? My mother hates it."

"It's okay, I guess," I said.

Kimberly asked, "What the hell is that supposed to mean? She's a little woman. Women have breasts. Deal with it."

"I have no problem with breasts."

"It's important to me that she forges an independent gender identity early on. She may be little, but she's still a woman. She's my little woman."

Then, as Melanie ran after a squirrel, Kimberly shouted at her, "Watch your breasts, Melanie Rose!"

People on benches, parents with children, yes, many heads turned toward us in that moment. Kimberly seemed oblivious of them and said to me, "If she repeatedly falls on her chest, her breasts might develop irregularly."

I nodded. In fact, I was very polite for the rest of our time together (after the park we had a light lunch). However, I didn't see her again.

12 comments:

  1. God, No wonder she is single.

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  2. She belongs in a TLC show, this woman.

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  3. Awesome! The future will need strippers...

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  4. I know a woman who taught her six-year-old daughter how to pole dance. True story.

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    1. Like mother, like daughter. Must be getting her into the family business early.

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  5. Even sadder still, it may have been mass produced.

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  6. Even sadder still, it may have been mass produced.

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  7. ^ your comment seems mass produced ;)

    I kid. I kid.

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  8. In a just universe, that kid will grow up to be a trans man.

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  9. I have a feeling that Louisa May Alcott is rolling in her grave right now.

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  10. She'll have a boy next and get custom made trousers

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  11. The first red flag was her bringing her kid on a second date. How many second dates has the kid been on? Single parents must handle introducing their children to their dating partners with care. The relationship should be serious, and there should be discussions between parents and child.

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