"Can you make sure to wash my prettiest dress before the dinner tonight?" she asks, seriously.
My heart smiles and aches at the same time.
At the tender age of four-and-a-half, she is so cognizant of beauty already. She carefully selects her outfits and brushes her hair every day (which IS gorgeous, by the way...perfect tendrils of blonde, framing her pixie face).
I watch her grow, her gangly limbs stretching out before my very eyes and her face gaining the nuances of youth (with only vague remembrances of babyhood). There are so many things I want to tell her about the nature of true beauty, so many hurts I want to protect her from.
I try to tell her in small pockets - that beauty is inside, that it is love, that appearances are deceiving, and that she is a treasure of infinite and indescribable worth.
And, in the quiet, after she is asleep...I pray that those whispers take root in her heart.
My 4yo is wearing Zutano's Heartly Long Sleeve Toddler Viola Top ($30.50) and Black Toddler Skinny Legging ($15.50).
My almost-2yo is wearing the Terry Toddler Hearts Dress ($36), also by Zutano.
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*UPDATE* The winner is #31 Becca. Congratulations!