“I want [her] to believe she is beautiful for as long as she can, before the insecurities of adolescence creep in. And beauty, she knows, comes from the inside and radiates out. She’s always known that. She’s always been that.”
~Alicia, Welcome To My Planet
I know there are a lot of little princess fashionistas out there, but my 4-year old girly girl blows my mind with her eye for flair and strong opinion on style choices. She changes her clothes several times a day and loves all things fancy like her heroine Fancy Nancy. She’s always quick to compliment a stranger on her accessories or hairdo or choice of color.
The girls have been home sick.
To pass the time, Hope and I have been playing “Hit or Miss” on People.com.
“Hope,” I say, “Hit or miss?”
And she says…
“This is a hit because she’s on an island and she’s the island princess.”
“Miss. Because her legs are sticking out… but I love the color and the hair.”
“Hit. She’s a mermaid.”
(Shakes head sadly). “The shoes are really bad. Don’t ever get those shoes, Mommy.”
(Sigh.) “A total, total miss.”
“Hit! Pretty princess dress! But why did they put those branches on it???”
“Miss. She’s wearing a towel. But I like the necklace.”
“I LOVE this dress. I! love! it!”
But I think I’ve got something on those Hollywood stars. When I’m in need a dose of confidence or I’ve got an important work meeting or date with her father, I ask her. “How do I look, Hope?”
I thank God for giving me the simple joy of having a little girl who believes I’m pretty. She closes her eyes for a moment, a big smile fills her face, she raises her arms in triumph and declares me, “Perfect.”