This kid – she’s not like my others. I mean, obviously they’re all unique, but the older two are very similar in their love of all things creepy crawly, honing their survival skills, and wearing jeans.
This one – she doesn’t love all the things creepy crawly. She’s not interested in honing her survival skills. And she prefers “long flat pants” ( a.k.a. leggings) to wearing jeans.
She loves wearing dresses. She’s a fan of pink, purple, and painted nails. And her current obsessions are rainbows, sparkles, and unicorns.
The other day we stopped in at a consignment clothing store in town after her dentist appointment. The store offers gently used name brand clothes, and I needed a new cardigan or blazer for an upcoming speaking event.
I didn’t realize when we walked in the store that it would be THE highlight of her day. Her eyes lit up when we walked through the door and she saw all the racks of pretty clothes, high heels, and the room with the sparkly dresses.
She told me as she pointed to a top, “Mom, you definitely need this!”
Two things struck me when she said that. First, it was a really nice top and one that I’d never have picked for myself. And second, what four-year-old uses the word definitely?!
I know less than nothing about fashion. But, it brought me so much joy seeing her in her element, pulling out tops, picking out shoes, and holding up jewelry for me to check out.
She’s not like me. She’s not like her siblings. She’s her very own person.
I pray she never loses her sense of self (or style) and that she never conforms to anyone else’s idea of who she should be, the interests she should have, or what she should go on to do in life.