>> Friday, February 17, 2012
For Valentine's Day,
we, My Marine got the girls each a pink rose, a card, and a basket of goodies. The card, I thought, was super cute.....Disney Princesses....and when you opened it up....there was one of those aluminum foil mirrors and the inside of the card basically said, you're a princess too, when you looked in the mirror.
So last night, we're putting the girls to bed and I hear this conversation:
My Marine - "No you're not!"
Nani - "Yes, I am"
My Marine - "Don't you ever say that again...."
Now I'm thinking....what the heck is going on???
So I call Nani into Nudgie's room and ask what's going on. And what she said made my heart drop......
My heart just sank. She's 7.
I looked at her and asked her why she thought that. She said that when she looked at the card, she was ugly. (Meaning that awful distorted aluminum foil mirror in the card). I looked her square in the eye and told her that she is a beautiful little girl - inside and out. I turned her around so that she was looking in her sister's mirror and asked her if she saw the same image that she saw in the card. She shook her head.
I told her that the card was just one of those funny mirrors like we see at the amusement parks....they're supposed to be funny. But, she obviously didn't take it that way.
After giggling a little more about the card, we tried to explain to her even more that she was beautiful -- and that God made her beautiful. I told her that pretty is not only on the outside.....but also on the inside, in the way she acts and speaks. I explained to her that pretty isn't always having your hair done right or wearing matching clothes - buts it's also the way she's nice to her sister, and to her friends, and being respectful to those around her.
I'm trying to teach her that it's not always about the looks. I want her to believe that she's beautiful without always having to look in the mirror. I want her to believe that she's pretty without always having to be told.
She's only 7..........