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Is this odd? I don't think so....

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DemureNewName Tue 30-Oct-12 16:38:51

.... my DD (3) has a book bag. It is, like 90% of the bookbags I've seen, decorated to make it personal to her.

I have added a poppy to it, for November.

A friend has told me that this is 'odd'.. It's not, is it? I've explained to DD, in age appropriate language, why we've added the poppy and what it represents.

Is it really bad to expect my DD to wear her poppy with pride? SUrely the poppy is as relevant today - for her generation - than it was for ours?

Feeling a bit 'eek' about having stuck it (right in the centre!) of her book bag now!

katiecubs Tue 30-Oct-12 16:41:29

Your friend is odd. It's a lovely idea, well done for educating your daughter about something so important.

catgirl1976 Tue 30-Oct-12 16:41:56

Not odd at all.

Ithinkitsjustme Tue 30-Oct-12 16:41:57

As long as you've explained it to her then don't worry about it.

5dcsinneedofacleaner Tue 30-Oct-12 16:42:54

Its not odd my children wear poppies and both the older two 5 and 8 learned about it in school last year (reception and year 2)

cinnamonnut Tue 30-Oct-12 16:43:06

Weird friend.

Bumdrop Tue 30-Oct-12 16:43:10

My dd(5) went to school today sporting her poppy,
Sod yer friend !!!

Sirzy Tue 30-Oct-12 16:43:13

Your friend is being daft.

Ds is nearly 3 and on rememberance Sunday will be coming to watch me parade and i will be explaining a bit about it to him.

MissKeithLemon Tue 30-Oct-12 16:47:50

I think its a lovely idea to put one onher book bag.

Remember not to pin one on your dc in year 1 if they are at all like mine was when he pricked his classmate with the pin blush

Lilliana Tue 30-Oct-12 16:50:21

We have poppies at school and talk about why we wear them. I think it is lovely that you have put one on her book bag and discussed the meaning; ignore your friend

ClutchingPearls Tue 30-Oct-12 16:51:59

My DDs aged 3 and 4 took the poppys door to door round the village with their grandpa this year. They were bursting with pride, so was he.

Your friend is odd.

nickeldaisical Tue 30-Oct-12 16:56:48

your friend is being silly.

i think it's a lovely thing to do. good tribute, and yes, it is as relevant now as it was when it first appeared.

Frontpaw Tue 30-Oct-12 16:58:15

Your friend's an idiot. Tell her I said so.

aldiwhore Tue 30-Oct-12 16:59:36

You're not being odd at all... my boys have stickers on their coats (they would be dangerous with a pin) and they know why they're wearing them.


(I never thought to personalise their book bags, though I did stick an age related number on theirs on their birthday, they are still there so I may add some more!)

TheProvincialLady Tue 30-Oct-12 17:05:40

Not odd to add a poppy because it's November. Definitely odd to add something different for every month. Please tell me it is the former...

CoffeeDog Tue 30-Oct-12 17:09:04

My 3 yr old twins had a lovley chat with an old solider when they went to get their poppies about how buying a poppy is saying a big thankyou for all the brave men and lady soliders who keep them safe. Its never to early to teach them (and if my sister has her way they will be marching in the rememberance parade as cadets in a few years ;)

HoneyDragon Tue 30-Oct-12 17:12:50

ds and dd will buy theirs tomorrow. Ds had worn one at school since he started, he's now in Yr5.

Good idea putting it on the book bag though, thanks thanks

DemureNewName Tue 30-Oct-12 17:13:39

haha! it's the former!!!

BarredfromhavingStella Tue 30-Oct-12 17:30:03

Not at all odd, your friend sounds like an idiot-perhaps you should explain to her in the same age appropriate way why you have put it on there grin

TheProvincialLady Tue 30-Oct-12 17:55:30

Phew <wipes brow>

MrsKeithRichards Tue 30-Oct-12 18:11:19

Not odd. My son has worn and understood the significance of the poppy since that age.

griphook Tue 30-Oct-12 19:54:02

Lovely idea, ds2 has one on his pram

cocolepew Tue 30-Oct-12 19:56:33

You're friend is odd, they sell poppies in my DDs school from the nursery up.

TheCunnyFuntOfEastwick Tue 30-Oct-12 20:18:35

My DDs name is Poppy, and this is her 2nd November, both Novembers she has had a poppy on her pushchair, and we stop and chat to the lovely old guys who man the stalls, they always seem delighted that she is called Poppy smile yesterday we stopped for a chat and the chap asked me what her name was and when I said what it was he laughed and gave us one of the bigger ones (the ones up from the card ones). So I put £2 in his pot.

I think it's very important that we continue to remember those who fought for us all those years ago.

Yanbu at all, your friend is te weird one. Tell her MN said so wink

OohMrDarcy Tue 30-Oct-12 20:25:05

YADNBU DD has worn a poppy every year since she was born (stickers at first - proper poppy in a buttonhole from 3)

She knows why, my Dad was army and his dad fought in WW2 at dunkirk. She knows its our way of remembering people who have fought for our freedom, and for those who have given their life to do it. She knows how lucky we are that her grampy and my grandad (she never knew him) survived their stints

This year DS is 2.10 and we will start explaining to him too - I love the idea of the sticker on the bookbag , I know last year DD was telling everyone in her class that grampy was in the army and she is very proud of him grin

god I am crying now, so proud of my dad

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