The Bra

Gracie was so excited when she moved up to the 4th grade. At the beginning of the school year I heard nothing but proclamations about how she was entering into the “pre-teen” years (she’s 10) and was no longer a child. I was instructed to acknowledge and appreciate her new maturity.

With that maturity came a “pre-teen” (and just when is one officially a “pre-teen” anyway?) rite of passage: It was time to shop for the first bra. Gracie was so excited about her journey on the path toward being a woman.

The two of us ventured out to the store, loaded up with all kinds of bras and headed into the fitting room. The day was wonderful and my daughter was delighted with her bra choices.

Three days later reality set in. Wearing a bra isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s not terribly comfortable, it can be itchy and you have to pay attention to what color bra you’ve chosen to wear under a particular shirt. Gracie quickly learned that a purple bra isn’t the best choice under a pastel pink shirt. She also doesn’t like bra straps. Just wait until she actually has something to fill up those bra cups and realizes just how uncomfortable a bra can get.

So we are in the “bra negotiation” stage at our house. Gracie feels that if she wears a bra on schooldays she shouldn’t have to wear one on the weekend. I informed her that there are no bra holidays once you reach the age where you actually need to wear one. If you aren’t in the bath tub, a swimsuit or pajamas you need to wear a bra.

For Gracie, being a pre-teen has lost some of its magic.



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7 Responses »

  1. Haha! I just went thru this with my daughter…she got her first bras back in the Spring. She doesn’t like wearing them now either! lol

  2. This was so great to read! My pre teen is anxious to grow up quickly with continuous requests for a bra and braces. We are still sticking with the undershirts for now, but I’ve been mentally preparing myself for the next step ahead. She did however, feel that way about deodorant. She thought it was so great that she got to wear and then totally lost interest…NOT an item to lose interest in!

  3. This will be one of many “I’m ready to grow up” moments that you’ll get to experience! Ahhh…the joys of raising teenage girls!

  4. This reminds me when I went shopping with my daughter for a bra. She was really excited but quickly learned that they were uncomfortable suckers. And the worst part for her is having to wear a different one everyday or making sure they were clean because she tended to sweat a lot in that area. It made me giggle…I just knew that my little girl was growing up.

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  5. I don’t like bras either.

  6. I am glad I am an A cup and I don’t need to wear a bra for support, so I try not to wear a bra when it’s not absolutely necessary, which is 90% of the time for me. I feel sorry for those people who are more uncomfortable without a bra than with a bra because of the size of their boobs.

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