When my daughter was little, I liked to dress her in cat-themed clothing and accessories. My sister worked at the Osh Kosh B’Gosh outlet store so I had access to tons of deals — and the place always seemed to have some little item adorned with kitties. I was in heaven!
She’s a teenager now and I don’t get to shop for cutesy kids’ stuff anymore. Recently I was looking online for a cat-themed child’s gift for a friend’s daughter and was instantly transported back to my daughter’s young childhood. Some of the items brought back particular memories and others made my imagination run wild, thinking about what could have been. If I had to do it all over again today, I’d definitely do a few things differently, but I’d still fill my daughter’s closet with kitty-themed clothing.
Here are four items that gave me pause — um, paws — when I re-lived those days.
This pink kitty-sweatshirt reminds me of something I would have dressed my daughter in … moments before she dragged both sleeves through a pool of ketchup. You see, I just never learned. When I shopped for my kids, I became hypnotized by the cuteness — practicality flew right out the window. Note to past self: Do not dress your child in light colors, unless you particularly enjoy interesting stains. Just know that it will never, ever look as nice as it does the second you first place it on the child’s body, so hurry up and get photos.
I wish I would have had something like this for my kids to wear when they were babies. Our cats Dobie and Fritz were certainly considered siblings by my human children. I think I also might like to have made shirts for the cats that read, “My Brother and Sister are Humans.” And then I’d take a roll of photos and drive it down to Walgreen’s one-hour photo (my kids are pre-digital) to get them developed. When the clerk handed me my prints, I’d walk around the store and ask random customers to look at my photos and help me choose the best one of the bunch. Yeah, that would have been fun.
This hat is nothing short of adorable. My daughter would have worn this thing all year long, inside and outside. She liked to pretend she was a cat and went through weeks where she spoke in meows and walked on all fours. She’d slide socks over her hands to make “paws.” It was equal parts cute and annoying, because it never stopped. “Meow, meow, meow.”
The only downside I could see to her having this particular hat is that the little pom-poms would become instant cat toys that my kitties would have continuously swatted. My child would probably have eventually become blinded from the constant swats. Maybe this hat would have been a terrible idea. I suppose I could have cut off the pom-poms, but then my story wouldn’t be half as interesting. Cute hat, though!
Ah, cat socks! These are especially colorful and would go with anything. My daughter had oodles and oodles of cat socks. Much like the sweatshirt, the socks really only looked great during the initial wearing. After that, they’d become filthy and stained from wearing outside (even though “I told you to put on shoes!”). The socks would go on to lose their proper mates, which we may or may not later find under beds or being used as cat’s “paws.” My daughter rarely wore matching socks … and still doesn’t! She’s almost 18 years old and refuses to wear a pair of socks that actually go together. Part of this is choice, but I’m still finding stray socks under beds.
Do certain pieces of kids’ clothing bring back memories for you? Share them in the comments!
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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in a comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.