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BOTD 7/31/14 "A Fit At The Fitting" A Leti Production

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David M. Katz


Marshall
A FIT AT THE FITTING
A Leti Production

Your wife's sister is getting married.
She had been planning the big thing since a year ago,
She asked your two sons, Sebastian who is ten and Simon who is eight, to be pages at the ceremony. They were exited at helping their aunt.
The bride has change her mind several times, and decide on the colors and fabrics at the last minute.
Two days before the wedding the boys go to a final fitting of the clothes they are going to wear, and do not like them.
They have a fit at the fitting. Your wife took them home in a hurry.
The older thinks he will be ridiculous and the youngest sides with him.
There is no way to get someone else to take their places.
Your wife is angry and says that her sister is devastated.
They promised to help.

Sebastian - 10 and Simon - 8
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This is the outfit the boys were told to wear:
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And, these are the shoes:
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What do you do?

Get them to wear the outfit? Get them to the wedding with other clothes?


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David M. Katz


Marshall
First of all I will explain to the boys that it is like wearing a costume at a play.  I will go online and show them pictures of pages at other weddings and even show them that some page boys wear even more ridiculous outfits.  Hopefully that will work, but if not I will talk to my sister-in-law and explain the issue and I will offer to get last minute outfits that will be less "sissy."  I am sure the boys would be OK with "normal" light blue shorts with a blue or brown belt and a nice white shirt (and maybe a light blue bow tie.) I will suggest exchanging the sandals from white to a nice brown or perhaps some blue deck shoes.



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John Boy


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ditto

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Jack


Admin
It sounds like my spouse's sister is flaky as a cereal factory.

In this case, I think I can explain to the boys that this is a one time deal, and that their aunt really wants their help, and that all formal wear is pretty weird... Cummerbund anyone?

In this case, I think I'm going to break one of my cardinal rules. I'll promise that, if they do this to keep their Mom and Aunt happy, we'll do something they really want to do afterwards.


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squarecutter


Sherrif
I assume non of their schoolfriends wll be around. I think the idea of showing pictures what pages at other weddings have been asked to wear is excellent> I post a couple of examples. >for just one day the boys WILL cooperate

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aspirationalbride.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F10%2FPageBoys_girls.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aspirationalbride.com%2Fluxembourg-royal-wedding%2F&docid=8FEfS5Y0-FKAfM&tbnid=cMAauwSLF9x4LM%3A&w=457&h=640&ei=ZHDZU4WNHKbX0QXVzoDQCQ&ved=0CAIQxiAwAA&iact=c 

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fih0.redbubble.net%2Fimage.5841830.4436%2Fflat%2C550x550%2C075%2Cf.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.redbubble.com%2Fpeople%2Fdondavisuk%2Fworks%2F3274436-scottish-pageboys-wedding-in-edinburgh&h=381&w=550&tbnid=X16nR5GRUFI42M%3A&zoom=1&docid=My_8L0ScQqTIOM&ei=D3LZU9jWDbKX0QXG44GoCg&tbm=isch&ved=0CFQQMygtMC0&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=6663&page=1&start=0&ndsp=47

AFinch


Sherrif
I agree with Katz.  I will also remind the boys that they made a commitment to help their aunt, that if they fail to carry it through, they will be hurting her feelings a lot, and that, at least during the wedding itself, they can and should suck it up and wear their costumes.  Immediately after the reception line, they can change into something more reasonable. I'll remind them this is a "once in a lifetime" event, and that if they ruin it for their aunt and mother, there are no do-overs.

Failing that, I'll try bribery, and only failing that will I play the nuclear card: "I'm the parent, you're the kid, and this time, you have to...sorry guys."  Hopefully, it won't get that far.  I wouldn't spank over this, but I'd let them know I'm really disappointed--and make sure they know they'll stay home with the meanest, oldest babysitter I can find if they don't comply.

Iconoclast


Trailboss
I will remind the boys that after the wedding there will be a reception, WITH REFRESHMENTS and that if they cooperate, I will make no objection if they PIG OUT!

Iconoclast

Padraig


Trailboss
I join the club...

Stone Man


Marshall
Yeah... ditto the lot. I don't blame the boys for not wanting to wear those outfits.

kalico


Sherrif
Ditto Jack and kier 



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ivor


Marshall
The trouble nowadays is that the boys won't just be seen in these outfits by those at the wedding and then in the official photographs and in those take by the guests on their cameras with rolls of film. They'll be photographed with mobiles and in next to no time those will appear on Facebook and who knows how many other sites so all their friends can see.

I'm either going to have to persuade the bride to change her mind over the outfits or confiscate the mobiles of everyone attending. The latter should also ensure the service goes off without any interruptions  Smile 

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MemoryMan


Sherrif
Like David I will explain that weddings are big theatre occasions and that they will just be dressed up like actors on TV and be able change back into sensible clothes once the formal proceedings are over.  That the bride, by tradition always gives her page boys a present, and if they behave well I will give them an extra reward too.  Also that there will be loads of their favourite 'naughty' foods at the reception and they will have a licence to eat their fill.

I will also remind them that they promised - and that in our family we keep our promises.  Then promise them that if they do anything to spoil their aunt's big day they wont need their fancy trousers while I demonstrate a use for the shiny side of their hairbrushes.

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Jack


Admin
ivor wrote: They'll be photographed with mobiles and in next to no time those will appear on Facebook and who knows how many other sites so all their friends can see.

That's kind of a good point, Ivor.

I say 'kind of' because my kids aren't going to have a Facebook presence at that age, so their friends would have to be cruising my SIL's page to find them. On the other hand, I will have to make Mom promise not to flash the pics everywhere for that very reason (maybe we can agree to tag all embarrassing, family pics with the boys' middle names for their protection?).


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Kat


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I see the problems clearly, but I'm with Kier on this one. I've really got to do everything in my power to get the boys to wear the outfits and be in the wedding. I'll do whatever I can to minimize the exposure of pics, but this is a lesson in social responsibility and family obligations.

Kat

StevieWeeks


Trailboss
Stevie sympathises with the boys.

He's not going to make them wear that crap. Period. Exclamation point and all...

We'll go to a men's and boy's wear store and pick out a couple of nice suits that are a reasonably close match in colour and if my sister cannot accept that, then tough beans... those outfits she's chosen are absolutely ludicrous and she's apparently lost her mind trying to make small boys wear stuff like that.

Squarecutter's examples are different... those are traditional outfits... and the boys actually look smart in them... the costume my sister has chosen look like something from a pantomime of Alibaba and the Forty Thieves...

NO SPANKINGS HERE... not even the root cellar and all...

Stevie...

1strappedboy


Sherrif
I like Doc's reply on this probably the best and Kat captured my thoughts on this quite nicely.  There ARE times that one sucks it up and fulfill your commitments.

Guest


Guest
This reminds me of a similar post I made a couple of years ago.

Wedding Dilemma

I agree with Memory Man. A wedding is a big family event and more importantly its a day for both bride and groom.

They have asked the two boys to be page boys and to wear an outfit appropriate to the job they are doing. and the boys have made a promise to help.

However, you impress upon your sister that you've have made a promise to her nephews that once their formal duties at both the wedding and  reception are over then boys can dispense with the outfits and wear a normal suit for the after reception party in the evening. And a promise is a promise.

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