I hope all you US folks had a great long Labor weekend – we certainly did – very relaxing with a baseball game thrown in there for some good fun too. Most of it was spent around the pool which in turn leads me to one big gripe I have living over here – why are so many Americans uncomfortable with nudity?
I really think next time around I need to come back French or Scandinavian or similar. Leaving the pool on Sunday we were reprimanded by the lifeguard for changing our children by the pool instead of using the nasty changing rooms (someone must have had a party in there the night before). Another swimmer had complained about us. Now feel free to disagree, but anyone who is offended by a 4 and 6 year old changing discretely by the pool has some real issues. I’m neither a prude nor a frequent visitor of nudist beaches, but when in France I often sunbathe topless and the last thing I want is for my children to have any hang ups about their naked bodies, or anyone else’s for that matter. I want them to retain their innocence and cavort naked when they please – in the appropriate setting of course. Unfortunately this is not the first time I have encountered this kind of concern about nudity here. Once in the Y a woman complained to another lady changing her 3 year old son in the ladies changing room. The complainer actually said it was ‘like pornography’ – I stepped in irate that anyone could suggest this about a naked 3 year old. I was so angry I was almost in tears. Please get over it – we all have the same bits, relax and stop imposing your hang ups on everyone else.
We were lucky enough on Sunday evening to head to Turner Field to watch the Braves. MM and I used to go to the baseball quite often before the children arrived. It is a fun spectacle – great for people watching and enjoying a hot dog and a cold beer or two. Sunday was the first time we had taken the children and in Chipper Jones’ last season it was an important game. We all had a fabulous time with great seats close to home plate. We left at the 7th innings as the children were getting tired and the Braves were heading for defeat…unfortunately we missed a cracking final innings when the Braves won with a home run from Chipper!
Once again I am loving the 80s and today I feel very Nik Kershaw with my baggy Top Shop pants and Zara jacket with rolled up sleeves. Even the Sam Edelman Alvin loafers have a retro feel about them. I’d fit right in back at Live Aid.
One last note – I’ve just had a vent on one of the posts on The Frye Company’s Facebook page. They have just released some boots in collaboration with Coach. Why oh why would they do this?? It is a dangerous partnership if you ask me with my marketing head on. I cannot believe that their research tells them the same people that buy Frye buy Coach. I am so disappointed – Coach has become a masstige brand and I fear the halo effect will reduce the credibility of the Frye brand…What do you think about brand partnerships?