Friday, April 15, 2011

How Not to Blend In

I snapped a photo of the kids before we went out shopping today. I made the boys' trench coats last October and happened to find girls' trench coats on clearance at Target shortly thereafter. Score!




Now, we are used to getting stares and comments whenever we go anywhere, 5 kids being rather unusual in these parts. But when they're dressed alike in trench coats (with the exception of the toddler), the curiosity factor is turned up a notch.




So we went shopping today and the kids thought they'd be funny and follow me around the store single file and in complete silence. I was having a hard time not cracking up. Normally I'm pleased when they're quiet so that I can think clearly. But I was having trouble thinking with them so very quiet and orderly.




Apparently other people were having trouble concentrating on their errands, too.




One lady exclaimed, "You have the best behaved children I have ever seen in my entire life!"




Another lady said, "Look at all of you lined up! Does the baby have a tan coat, too?"




The checkout lady laughed, "You look like you're from the Sound of Music! Are you going to sing for me?"




**** Bonus points for whoever can guess which famous photo inspired my photo.

19 comments:

  1. What she said...
    I always laugh when someone comments that my kids are well behaved. Who's kids?

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  2. The Beattles on Abbey Road! I wish I had seen your kids following you in single file! LOL!

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  3. Fantastic! I thought of the video "I Can't Dance" by Genesis. Wish I'd been there! (Now you have to make the little one a trench, right?)

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  4. you should get them to sing as they walk :-)
    Awesome!

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  5. Fabulous! I love this so much!

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  6. Ever so cute! It reminds me of those old photos from early motion-picture experiments, of the man walking, dog jumping, etc. I bet Becky's right, though ;).

    We had a mini (lke, 18month) sized trench-coat when Tyo was small. I think I passed it on to my SIL when she had her kids, though I haven't seen it on either of them (I don't think she's nearly as appreciative of hand-me-downs as I am ;) )

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  7. You get bonus points for the photo, but walking around with four ducks all in a row quiet as meeces? Even better. (meeces, like mice but cuter)

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  8. Ever so cute! I would be distracted from my errands too!

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  9. Hi-larious! Isn't it fun to sort of make a spectacle of yourself in public? You know those people went home and had something to talk about over dinner.

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  10. I love the photo. How much fun for your kids!

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  11. This is great! It reminds me of Christopher Robin being followed by Pooh and all his little stuffed friends.

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  12. Yeh, I was going with the Beatles too.....

    Sam

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  13. So cute! I think your inspiration is abbey road but they remind me of Madness. They look like they're doing that dancey walk Suggs does.

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  14. Hello, Joy, I haven't commented here before, but your picture and story are just wonderful.
    I'm not sure if you're into awards, but I've passed on the IAAT to you :-)
    Angela

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  15. My first thought was also the cover of Abbey Road.

    Also, your story was really cute!

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  16. Hee, that's so funny! I like that they are in on the joke.

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