It is only a phase... Those words are said a lot when you have teenagers. We are going through what I hope is a short phase right now. My newly minted teenager is giving me a lot more gray hairs lately. My daughter and her best friend have become fans of a web series that has quite the fandom. This web series has many characters that have become quite popular at anime conventions where kids (and adults) cosplay. While I understand dressing in character for special occasions, my daughter and her friend pretty much dress in cosplay almost all the time. Did I mention that these characters are alien trolls?! My daughter's favorite character loves cats, and likes to dress like a cat. She has troll horns that are cat like, and has a blue tail. She also has short black hair. My daughter has very long, gorgeous reddish brown hair, which she has been covering up with a short black wig. She has been dressing all in black with a blue boa hanging behind her. We get quite a few looks when we are out in public. I have seen several little kids pointing out that she is wearing a tail. I know she is just expressing herself, even though I think she looks crazy. Nothing she is doing is permanent. I try not to say too much, because the more I would fight it the more she would want to do it. I am hoping that she will get tired of people giving her strange looks, and decides to be a human girl again. Then I can say.. whew.. we survived that phase!