Why do wives dress their husband and sons in the same outfit? Yes, I’m assuming this is a wife’s handiwork, because I can’t imagine the father who does this willingly. Aren’t children already enough of a spooky Mini-Me reminder without the matching duds?
I saw a family out at a sandwich place yesterday and the dad and the son were both wearing orange polo shirts. The dad looked miserable. The kid also looked miserable, mostly because he was crying a lot, mostly because he kept throwing his firetruck on the floor. So that crying was typical kid stuff, largely out of anyone’s control.
But the dad looked miserable too. Maybe I’m reading into this, but I figured he was miserable because he had an identical orange shirt on. The tiny menace and he were inextricably linked. And it was clear to all that he had forfeited his ability to dress himself.
Wearing the same clothes as someone is usually embarrassing, and rightly so. Embarrassing reasons to dress alike include: being in a stupid tour group visiting New York City. Chain Gang Prisoner. Member of a 90’s boy band. It’s horrible to dress alike!
Confession time: sometimes comedy is at odds with opening your heart up. It occurs to me that just the day before seeing this sad sack and his wailing Mini Me, I had been looking at an old picture of my family with my dad and I dressed in matching red and blue striped shirts and white tennis shorts. Lay off, it was 1980 or something. Anyway, the comedian in me scoffs at this and sees it just as I described: pathetic and hilarious. But the sappy, warm-hearted human in me looks at that picture and thinks that I must have been pretty psyched to be wearing the same outfit as my dad. I must have thought that was amazing, that that dumb outfit showed how much he loved me.
Maybe that miserable dumb-ass dad in the orange shirt was actually a sweet dude, trying to make his kid feel like a big boy. Trying to make him feel loved. OH MAN, that rips my heart out. Mini Me is grotesque and weird. But maybe dressing identically makes Mini Me feels loved.
I can’t believe I’m almost crying over Mini Me.