I am not a girly-girl. I never have been. During those “before the new school year” shopping adventures with my mom, I just wanted to get in, and get out. Mom was used to my older sister, who LOVES to try on clothes (word has it she still tries on prom dresses just for the fun of it even though she has a daughter in college…), so I’m sure I was a bit of a shock. I remember when I took up shooting competitively and wanted a few gun-related items for Christmas her reaction was, “Don’t you want something more lady-like?”
I am a mom who has never been a girl-girl with a little girl, who loves climbing and collecting bugs, but is also deep into the world of Disney princesses, My Little Pony, playing dress up, sparkly jewelry, and tons of pink and purple.
Sometimes it is easy to say, “Not right now…” when the kids are asking for you to play for the zillionth time that day, especially when you see the dishes piling up and the laundry baskets overflowing.
But here is why I choose to step out of my comfort zone and play princesses (or something similar) a little each day:
- Because one day she will be 18.
- Because the smile on her face when I say, “Yes” is worth more than gold.
- Because she is worth it.
- Because 20 years from now there will still be dishes and laundry to do, but my little girl will be all grown up.
- Because one day she won’t be into princess dolls anymore, it will be boys and make-up.
- Because I want to be a mother who supports my daughter’s interests.
- Because one day she won’t ask me to play with her anymore.
And that is why this is getting posted later than normal, after all, Jasmine and Rapunzel had to have just the right dresses to go to the ball. One day (way too soon for me) it will be my own little princess getting dressed up to go out.