Corrie posted the picture below on her Facebook with the comment, Never Never Never.
What followed was an all out firestorm. The picture was taken at Costco yesterday. It is a rack of what are probably supposed to be little girl Easter dresses. They are simply not the style we will be choosing to put our daughter in. She was not saying Summitt will not wear dresses. She was not saying we do not like “girly” things. She was not saying being feminine is negative. She was simply saying never to this style of dress for OUR daughter.
In a matter of minutes people were commenting things like, never say never, oh you just wait, you have to let her wear those, she will wear them if she wants and other similar statements. Both Corrie and I were shocked that people felt entitled to tell her how wrong she was. It was like they somehow felt we would be cheating our daughter out of something if she is not put in these ruffled dresses.
We will raise our daughter to be strong, independent and a leader. If people feel that these are masculine qualities then maybe they should check their own definition of what it means to be a woman. There may come a time when our daughter is old enough to voice her opinion and ask for one of these dresses because she likes them. If that does happen and the choice is one that she made then we will most likely buy it for her. However until that day moms are in charge and that means NO on these dresses.