I can’t remember a time when I actually wanted to be a grown-up.
Not even now.
I never wanted to wear makeup — still don’t — and I never tried on my mom’s high heels.
The only grown-up thing I wanted to do was drive — independence! — and write real checks. I thought that was the coolest thing my mom did — until I found it she wrote checks to pay bills. That sucked.
But now I’m reading about kids — mostly girls — who are trying to be a lot older than their age. They want to wear bras and high heels. And I’m not talking about the training bras with tennis racquets or flowers on them. They want push-up bras, underwire support, padded cups! There are even some lingerie lines selling thongs — yes, thongs — to little girls. It’s just insane.
NBC’s “Today” conducted a poll online, asking viewers what’s the appropriate age for girls to wear heels. Forty-five percent said older than 16 — but the majority (47 percent) said ages 13 to 16 was OK, too. That was a bit shocking. Thirteen is quite young for heels, I think, though it all depends on how high these heels are and for what purpose these tweens are wearing them.
I’m not sure what the intent is for girls to act and dress older. Is it for attention? Is it to get respect? I totally can’t relate.
But I do know this: when they finally get what they want — adulthood and all of its responsibilities — I’m sure they’ll wish they were kids again.