Mothers, just say ‘no’ to the swimsuit!

March 2, 2016

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Swimsuit season starts early in the South. By the second week of February, my Mother would drag me to Gayfers to ensure I had first choice of the sturdiest of all the Jantzen suits. She knew if we waited too late, the selection would be picked-over and I’d have to settle for a flimsy suit that wouldn’t hold up to the waves and would make boys stare at me, and what teenage girl wants that, right?

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Begrudgingly, I’d try on fourteen different suits until one passed the “bend-over” test. Once from the front, and once from the back. If nothing poked, plopped or peeked out, then we were good to go, and since I had very little that would actually spill out, it didn’t take long for me to be given the official maternal stamp of approval.

 

After I was old enough to drive and had spending money of my own, I went to the mall and came home with the first swimsuit I chose without having to endure Mom’s rigorous “bend-over” testing standards. I’ll just tell you the God’s honest truth right now, and Mama will agree – that particular swimsuit purchase resulted in one of the worst Mother-daughter brawls known to mankind.

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Saying “no” to my swimsuit choice was a hard thing for my Mom to do, because she knew the wrath of teenage hormones that would be unleashed on her would be slightly worse than using a bee hive as a piñata.

 

But still . . . she said “no.”

 

In the years since, it has become apparent that Mothers (and Fathers too), have stopped saying “no” to their daughter’s swimming attire. My husband and I picked our son up from a pool party and were shocked to see

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