Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

The Big Blue at the Baby Market; It's a Bargain Buy at $1, but Mum's a Cross Dresser

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

The Big Blue at the Baby Market; It's a Bargain Buy at $1, but Mum's a Cross Dresser

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Byline: Owen Jacques

THE woman in front of me was setting me straight.

"Oh no that's blue, and I have a girl. That wouldn't work." She would not spend $1 to buy a barely used cotton suit in baby blue.

This was not the deal of the century. It was a second-hand baby market where I had stepped in to mind the stall as my bouncing toddler paused to drink her weight in milk from my wife.

My darling had stopped mid-guzzle after a busy morning of gnawing on cupcakes and ignoring a now-browning banana.

It was her blue suit that was up for sale.

Am I an extremist for buying multi-coloured things for my daughter? She's two and I buy her singlets whether they are marked "boys'' or "girls'' because what the hell is the difference at this age?

Today she wears a dark blue shirt with a tiny milk carton on it. Tomorrow she will cry and yell and scream until I dress her in a sparkling tutu and Minnie Mouse gumboots. She's every two-year-old.

If she was a Matthew instead of Maddy, would I step in to make sure she only wore masculine colours? …

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