I have a confession to make. I bought a pair of UGG boots. I’ve always hated UGG boots. Because of the imbeciles that wear short-shorts and UGGS together, I secretly think less of people wearing them (except for any of you who happen to wear them, of course) and I think they are a waste of money and a terrible fashion statement. And yet… here they are on my feet.
I have no sensible explanation for what I did. I’m a very reasonable, practical person. I wear clothing that is ‘comfortable’ and does not have to be dry cleaned or ironed. I make my grocery list by store section to save time. I bundle my errands to save time and gas and would never consider any other coffee brand or sock type than I have used for the past several years. Why mess with what works?
My sweet girl is going to be 9 years old in a few months. For Christmas this year, she asked for some specific clothes, some scented lotion and a necklace she’d seen that she wanted. There were toys on the list too ~ but for sure, there were items that were not so ‘little girl’. Anyway… she and I have spent a little time hanging her new clothes and organizing her jewelry. And chatting. Wow, can little girls chat!
Since then, I’ve been finding her next to me at the bathroom counter while I fix my hair or on a rare occasion put on some makeup. She suggests a blouse instead of my boring t-shirt. She reminds me to add some earrings. She LOVES this. And, although I admittedly look at these little additions as unecessary, the time spent with her is wonderful!
For her whole life she has seen her Momma ‘get things done’. I’ve started far too many sentances with ‘C’mon everyone, we need to…..’ She’s grown up with a Momma that takes a 6 minute shower, dresses for functionality, sweeps past the giggles and playing to get to the necessary to-do items. Don’t get me wrong. There is tons of love. Lots of books shared, cuddles given and museums visited. We draw together and help Daddy on the boat. There is TIME together ~ so, so important and for that I am SO very grateful. But, in my haste and in my focus I’ve sometimes forgotten that I have a very gentle, naturally feminine little girl that needs her Momma to show her how to grow into a Lady. Not just an efficient mother. But a lovely lady. That is something I let get buried many years ago, under the loads of laundry and diapers and crackers in my good purse. I had to let that go…. so I could do the rest. But, this little girl needs it back.
So, when Chris called me yesterday to coordinate on our last few ‘to do items’ for the day and I said…. ‘I’m at the Mall’ he was understandibly bewildered. His wife despises the Mall. But, she immensely loves her precious daughter who really enjoys buying shoes. Lord help me to dig deep to find the girl you made so long ago, so my sweet girl can connect with her. Even if it means wearing UGGS. Which by the way, are incredibly comfy. 😉