February 16 10

My sister dies when we are on the phone. In between our very important conversations about vintage sample sales and failed crock pot attempts and my dog eating my underwear again, she gets to hear me. THE REAL ME. The one who says things like, “NO! You cannot come to my dinner table with no pants on!” and “Wait, what do you have in your vagina?” and “please stop putting your bum on me.”

Here’s the thing. Isabella, if she could, would spend 24 hours of her day in the nude. It’s true.


The minute she walks in the door after school, while combing the shelves of the pantry for many, many snacks, she drops trou right there in the kitchen. She’s a free spirit, it seems. But, you know, I’m a fan of picking my battles. There’s only so many minutes in my day I can devote to physically torturing my child to get her pants, or her tights, or her skirts on her body. Sometimes it’s just not worth it. Most times, actually.

A few nights ago she and I went to pick up Josh from a birthday party. Isabella wore a shirt and tights and shoes. She was quite the vision, let me tell you. It’s funny, though, because you can tell right away which people are parents to non-pantswearers. They look at you with the OH I KNOW smileslashshrug of solidarity. They have been there.

And then there are the supportive friends who tell you that hey, if it’s good enough for Lady Gaga….

Last night she arrived at the dinner table dressed in a jacket and tights and nothing else to not eat the dinner she asked me for – chicken, rice, and edamame – and opted instead for an apple.

I suppose it’s not really her fault, though and I probably shouldn’t be surprised.

I mean….

Her mother never wears pants either.

  1. Our 3yo is anti-britches. I’m more anti-shoes than britches. It’s the Alabama in me.

    Comment by muskrat on February 16, 2010
  2. My 4yo could change clothes 4 times a day if I let her. She likes to be pantsless as well as wear tank tops in winter weather.

    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on February 16, 2010
  3. I kick off my pants as soon as I walk in the door, too. I say live free, Isabella. Live free.

    Comment by Avitable on February 16, 2010
  4. As long as she doesn’t take the no-pants thing in a Lindsay Lohan direction, I’m all for it.

    Comment by Zoe on February 16, 2010
  5. I relate to her. And so do my kids. Pants are not just the enemy, but the devil.

    Comment by Maria on February 16, 2010
  6. Pants are overrated. So are bras. There have been more days than I can count when I’ve gotten in the car after work and stripped that evil thing off before leaving the parking lot.

    Comment by foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) on February 16, 2010
  7. Oh, Bella… such a silly little girl! Then again, as soon as I get home, I change into my leggings and oversized sweatshirt. Obviously, I still live in the 80s. Minus the side-ponytail.

    Comment by Darcey on February 16, 2010
  8. Oh, yes. Yes yes yes. It’s a familiar battle over here too. If Addie had her way, she would wear her Rock Band shirt, a tiara, and monkey underwear. And that’s it. For the rest of her life. I don’t know how we’re going to survive school.

    And I’ll be the creepy one and say I was totally expecting a recent pantless shot and had gotten a little anxious during the four seconds I was linking from your Twitter to here. Heh. But pantless Ali in any form is still awesome.

    Comment by becca on February 16, 2010
  9. Ah, pants. Mia thinks she has the meanest mommy in the whole world because I require her to cover her little butt with some article of clothing if she wants to leave her room. Poor, oppressed children.

    Comment by Beth Fish on February 16, 2010
  10. We let Kellen have “Nakey Time” every night.

    Though in my house, it’s my husband who is the most likely to drop his pants the minute he walks in the door.

    Comment by Brooke on February 16, 2010
  11. Like mother, like daughter.

    I like pants, but man, I take off my work clothes as SOON as I get home. So I totally understand.

    Although, I hate tights so that would be the LAST thing I’d hang out in all day! 🙂

    Comment by Kristabella on February 16, 2010
  12. Hee. Emily is the same. And after her bath she wants to only wear a towel. Which doesn’t stay on. We need to curb that before she’s a teenager.
    .-= Angella´s last blog ..On Forgiveness =-.

    Comment by Angella on February 16, 2010
  13. the funny thing is… i am so not wearing pants right now.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..No regrets, really? =-.

    Comment by Katie on February 16, 2010
  14. She is welcome in my home anytime! We call it “freeballin'” (while singing the Tom Petty song loydly!

    Comment by LibraryGirl62 on February 16, 2010
  15. totally understand-now The chicken wears pants, okay teenie tiny shorts that she isn’t allowed to wear out of the house-but she loves them in here.

    Comment by Heather on February 17, 2010
  16. The t-shirt with tights is a fav in my house!

    Here’s to free spirits.

    Sadie at heyMamas
    .-= Sadie at heyMamas´s last blog ..My funny valentines =-.

    Comment by Sadie at heyMamas on February 17, 2010
  17. I feel cheated. Still looking for pantsless ali photo vintage 2010.
    .-= Giblet´s last blog ..Steak and Pear Sandwich =-.

    Comment by Giblet on February 17, 2010
  18. lolawesome

    Comment by anne nahm on February 17, 2010
  19. pants are totally optional in our house and stinkerbell as soon as she gets home from kindergarten removes her pants and runs around the house in her panties and a shirt.hahaha wonder why she does that wink wink

    Comment by LAVENDULA on February 17, 2010
  20. I have two girls like that. For a while we had no fence between us and next door so the kids could just play at either house. My neighbour came looking for her 5 year old son one day, and we found him and my 5 year old both in the back room watching TV.

    She had no pants on, and had one leg draped up over the sofa arm. He wasn’t worried.

    It wasn’t something you can get away with once you hit 6!

    Comment by pixielation on February 19, 2010
  21. The real question is can she recite “Pants on the Ground” by heart yet??

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on February 20, 2010
  22. LOL. My oldest isn’t always one to take off her pants except if she is hot or they are wet. Sadly, she is so messy, weather it’s eating or hitting EVERY puddle outside.

    Comment by Tickled Pink Twice on February 20, 2010

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