Henri le Chat Noir

I’ve seen some inventive costumes in my time, but dressing as crippling self-doubt is truly a cut above. Happy Hallowe’en!

Miss Fox is away (visiting the in-laws – this is a good thing)

She leaves you with a kindred spirit (although my marshmallows are strictly kosher).


OK, so I’ve finally gotten round to do a Tuesday Tune on this here Thursday (hey, it’s been a long week), and this week’s is courtesy of Sucre. The video is all floaty dresses and flounces and really reminds me of an article I spotted on Lady Fox’s Facebook wall about a German Dad who has taken to wearing skirts and dresses in solidarity with his dress-wearing son:

Father of the Year Helps Dress-Wearing Son Feel Comfortable By Putting on a Skirt Himself. Neetzan Zimmerman

“My five year old son likes to wear dresses,” says German Dad Nils Pickert.

Back when he lived in West Berlin, it was certainly a conversation-starter, but not much more than that. Now, however, Pickert and his son live in a “very traditional” South German village where his son’s predilection for dresses is the talk of the town.

“I didn’t want to talk my son into not wearing dresses and skirts,” Pickert tells the German feminist magazine EMMA. “He didn’t make friends in doing that in Berlin already and after a lot of contemplation I had only one option left: To broaden my shoulders for my little buddy and dress in a skirt myself.”

At first, Pickert’s son was reluctant to wear a dress in public, fearing he would be laughed at, particularly by other kids at his preschool. But that all changed one “skirt and dress day” when he and his dad made a resident of the town stare so hard she slammed into street light face first.

“My son was roaring with laughter,” says Pickert. “And the next day he fished out a dress from the depth of his wardrobe. At first only for the weekend. Later also for nursery-school.”

As you might imagine, this story has a happy ending:

And what’s the little guy doing by now? He’s painting his fingernails. He thinks it looks pretty on my nails, too. He’s simply smiling, when other boys ( and it’s nearly always boys) want to make fun of him and says: “You only don’t dare to wear skirts and dresses because your dads don’t dare to either.” That’s how broad his own shoulders have become by now. And all thanks to daddy in a skirt.

Parenting win.

Dog Shaming

Following on from the success of Chicks in Hats, I give you Dog Shaming:

When I was growing up I had a labrador called George. He was mad as a biscuit and once had to be taken to the vet because he tried to drink from a bowl of frozen water and got his tongue stuck. Animals never fail to improve my day.

For more shaming: http://dog-shaming.com/