Today while I was out shopping a little girl of about three and her mother passed me in the store. The little girl pointed at me and I waited patiently for the usual “why is that lady so big?”
It never came.
Instead she said wistfully, “That lady is wearing a dress. Dresses are pretty. I want to wear a dress. Why can’t I wear a dress? I like dresses.”
The child had on a t-shirt and leggings. Her mother wore the current uniform of our society, jeans and a t-shirt.
We passed each other several times as we shopped and each time the child eyed my ankle-length skirt and sweater set, and repeated her wish for dresses.
I hope Santa’s elves were taking notes and on Christmas morning she wakes to loads of pretty dresses under her tree.
What a nice story! I’m glad you inspired her to appreciate dresses 🙂
Interesting that as children we have a strong feeling for who our authentic self is. In her case it’s apparently a person who feels great wearing dresses. But if it had been a person who feels best in something else that would be good too. The point is that we don’t all have to conform to what others are doing. It takes courage to be yourself and a three year old has that sort of courage because she hasn’t yet been confused by the cacophony of other voices.
Aw. What a lovely little surprise in my blog reader. 🙂
Happy Autumn, Annie!
Wonderful to have a post from you, Regina. And cheers for the 3-year-old’s innate understanding of individuality and non-conformism 🙂
Thanks, Nancy. 🙂