The In-betweener

29 Sep

Over the summer, Maura picked out a My Little Pony backpack. It was what she wanted, and knowing her penchant for giving a flying fart about what anyone else thinks, I let her get it.

But something has happened since she’s entered junior high.

The My Little Pony backpack keeps getting put aside for her older, still awesomely sparkly, but solid colored backpack.

Now, her sister Miriam went to this junior high, so I know the vibe of the school. It is this amazing awesome, quirky, sort of anything goes but bullying school. Even Miriam has said “I can’t believe how awesome that school is. Everyone loved going there!” Miriam also wore her sacred fox had every day for about two years, and brought Maura’s Stitch doll to school one day, and everyone was all “OMG, Stitch! I love Lilo and Stitch!”

This is Seattle-ish. Being odd is the norm.

So I don’t think this change of backpacks came about because Maura was taunted for having a “babyish” backpack. I think she just looked around, saw what others had, and decided she needed to step up her game.

I’m also noticing this with clothes as well. Oh, she’s still wearing her My Little Pony tees. I got them off Hot Topic and saw a college girl with the exact same tee on the other day. Her clothing choices are a bit more subtle. Less girly, more tween. Less frufru, more jeans and tops. Which is a trick because jeans aren’t normally her friends as she can’t manage the button.

And oddly enough – while it’s exciting to see her catch on to these things, and mature a little bit more…I’m having a few of the same feelings that I did when her siblings went through that phase of putting away childish things. But just a few. Because unlike her siblings, I had no clue if Maura would get to this point.

In the meantime, please send gift cards to Hot Topic. I think I’m gonna need them!


Yes, that’s an 11th Doctor dress. The girl has always had style.



4 Responses to “The In-betweener”

  1. teresamcnally September 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    As ever. Best wishes to all .


  2. donofalltrades September 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    Lol. My 12 year old is starting to get to this point as well. She even asked my wife to show her how to shave her legs. Ughhhh!!!!

  3. lisa September 30, 2015 at 7:00 am #

    Good for her! The last things you need is for her to act like like teenager, but she will. I think the idea is these kids do things later, but they still do them. There still might be childish things she does as an adult but I do too. I have never stopped loving disney channel. My friends geta kick out of hearing about how, in college, I wanted to stay in and watch boy meets world on a Friday night. I would party on sat but still. LOSER!!! and i love that about me.

  4. Autism Mom September 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

    I love how she is refining her own style!

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