JournalismPakistan.com September 19, 2014
Interesting. Should parents dress like parents and not compete with their children. While taking care of your health and being neatly groomed are signs of character since you are making the effort. Is the parent figure getting blurred?
Those of us who are middle aged can safely concede that our Mums looked like Mums and Dads looked like Dads. Not so today. Some parents try so hard to look younger than their children. Does it annoy the children or they are proud of it. I think a bit of both.
An easy defence to make is that ‘looks’ are not as vital as the connect between parent and child. However, the human race is visual and stereotypes its images. It is easier to love a grandmother who is warm, fuzzy and nicely plum than a modern equivalent who is wearing jeans and a T-shirt that says Live a Little.
We probably don’t realize it but grown up children finishing school and going into college do get a little confused. If your current heart throb and Mum and dad seem to be dressing out of the same wardrobe the element of competition does kick in.
Many of us see the present trend as a right and why not, why should we strive to be mouldy, oldy but, that said, there is a lot to be said for ageing gracefully.
Men and women who have that sartorial elegance balanced with style and panache certainly cut a better figure than a Dad with torn denims and a Mum with a skirt that’s above her knees.
I am not particularly clothes-minded but I cannot recall my father ever being not well dressed, even if it was for dining alone. Nor my mother, always impeccable. This impacted so much on my wife, she has still not forgiven me for my comparative shabbiness.
We tell ourselves we are so lucky, we are like friends with our children.
May be children have their friends, they don’t want you as friends, they want you as parents.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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