Last month’s prompt Collections certainly showed that some collections were common over generations and geographical differences whilst other remembered collections have become un/less acceptable to collect now with our greater knowledge of the world. My favourite collection however had to be the collection of writing that Jules had kept since her first piece at the age of 10. I’d love to have even one piece of writing from my youth.
This month’s prompt is going back to childhood and play. It can be yours, your childrens or grandchildren specifically looking at dress up play. Who did you dress up as? I’m sure you did it as did probably every child through time, although I could be wrong. Perhaps in some cultures this is not a common thing to do. Would love to find out. I am guessing that with this prompt we will find huge differences between generations. For the silent generation, without television, who did they try to emulate by wearing a similar costume. Did their hero’s come from the picture theatre or perhaps books or maybe they simply wanted to be like their mother and dress up in the high heels.
As a young child we didn’t have television despite it being available to the Baby Boomer generation. I lived in rural Australia and perhaps we didn’t own one because there was no transmission although I can remember standing in the main street watching the televisions playing in the shop windows. I did see television when I went to visit my Grandmother for the Xmas holidays and it was probably there that our love of playing cowboys and Indians came.
I dressed up as Annie Oakley. My brother was always just a cowboy. Most of our games did not need costumes as we could shoot people with our two fingers no matter how we dressed. I can remember tottering on my mother’s high heels but the more I ponder the less I think that dressing up played a large part in our lives. We did go to the odd fancy dress party and we had some pretty odd costumes but one that seemed to recur for me was Little Bo Peep, and I am the most unlikely little Bo Peep going.
Unlike my nephews, both European city dwellers of the Gen Z group, who dress up all the time. They have costumes for all occasions, including play. It would appear to me that all the characters they dress as are movie characters that have a huge life outside the screen such as star wars and of course Spider man.
Hope you join in, telling your own, your children’s or grandchildren’s dressing up habits, even if only in the comments. For rules see here.