Sunday, 11 November 2012
One of my little boys insisted on wearing a poppy in Church today.
The other wasn't so keen. I tried to explain the reasoning behind it.
I was in full Werther's Original mode, when I moved on to the subject of respect.
It was heartwarming to be among a sea of poppies this Remembrance Sunday.
Less is more
But there is no shortage of poppy wearing celebs this year.
While I applaud the fact that all presenters on light entertainment shows have been wearing the red flower of remembrance since - oh, probably August, it seems - I can't help but wonder if it is under strict instructions by TV bosses.
Or maybe the poppy is the latest must have fashion accessory.
After all, I've seen celebrities in blinged up poppies with sequins, and poppies tacked to slithers of lycra so inappropriately that they would give Liz Hurley's safety pin dress a good run for its money.
Last night on X-Factor, Tulisa had a poppy pinned precariously on her minute dress.
Tonight, Nicole's poppy is pinned just above her eye popping cleavage. Ouch.
While I realise the presenters' dresses leave little space for poppy pinning, I find the prude in me tutting when I see the vivid red flower - which adorned the bloody battlefields of Flanders - bouncing around on top of ridiculously enhanced fun bags.
Maybe they should be careful about where they place the pin. It may just well put the pop back into poppy.
Gilding the poppy
Call me cynical, but I can't help imagining the likes of hapless celeb PRs (Absolutely Fabulous' Edina Monsoon springs to mind) brainstorming the idea of updating the poppy for the reality TV generation.
"Let's get Amy Childs to promote vajazzling with her new range of stick on poppies!"
Maybe we will see the contestants in I'm a Celebrity wearing poppies pinned to their bikinis?
Leave the poppy alone. Does it need updating or modernising?
Surely, the presence of the poppy is a good thing, wherever it sits? I hear you ask.
Hopefully, this exposure will support the efforts of the British Legion while ensuring we remember the flower's significance.
And the more airtime the better. After all, if nobody wore poppies on TV, that would be sad. We would accuse TV bosses of not caring.
But, as I'm not a celebrity, I will continue to wear my poppy on a sensible winter coat.
Lest we forget.