I like you the way you are.

26 Jun

I really can’t believe I said this to my daughter.  I mean, I spend lots of time explaining to her that beauty is not about what we wear or how we look.  This talk usually follows an eruption from Reece after she first agrees to wear shorts and a t-shirt, but then realizes she’s not in a dress and therefore “not pretty.”  I have to remind her over and over that pretty clothes don’t make us pretty, but if we’re kind and have a sweet heart we are beautiful.

After having one of these dialogues with Reece just yesterday morning, I go and have this conversation in the evening when Reece crawls into my lap at the computer:

Me (looking at an ad for a swimsuit and admiring the model’s trim body): Oh Reece, wouldn’t it be cool if Mommy looked like that?

Reece: Welllllll (drawn out in that little Texas accent of hers), I really just like the way you look now.

Daddy: I agree with Reece.

Seriously?!  No wonder she puts so much stock into how she looks when her mommy is obsessing over the last 15 pounds I need to lose.  I sat in my computer chair in awe of how that all went down…how ridiculous it was of me to say that in front of my daughter, and then at the realization that a three year old totally put me in my place.

I still feel so awful about the whole thing, but I do take comfort in knowing she thinks I look just fine.  And that her daddy does also.

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Ok, so I realize I stopped blogging again right after I bragged about being back, so I’ll put together a “June” blog and sum everything up next week. 🙂

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3 Responses to “I like you the way you are.”

  1. Kim Gassiot June 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    This is precious!!!! Its SO easy to get caught up in that whole thing!! Trust me. What a great reminder from sweet Reece. Give her a hug for me.

  2. Brie June 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    I had chills reading this. What beautiful conversations you are havig with Reece. One bad mommy moment that God used to convict you and show you exactly what you were teaching Reece doesn’t derail your efforts. We all need gentle reminders that our beauty is on the inside!

  3. Kaleesha June 28, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Out of the mouth of babes…she’s right though – I like you the way you are too! 🙂 What you are teaching her must truly be making an impact. That’s precious.

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