Yesterday, I took Chloe to the store and bought her new shoes. She has been begging me for them for more than a week now, but I was a bit reluctant. They are her first real pair of heels. Sort of. They are wide straped sandals with a tall wedge heel that makes her seem 6 inches taller. Seriously, her head is up to my shoulder in these shoes. I’m shocked that her father let her keep them. She was so thrilled. Last night she said she already knew what outfit she would wear today.
This morning, she came downstairs and I couldn’t believe my eyes. The transformation was spectacular! She carried herself with a new air of confidence. She kept asking me if I needed help with anything and what she could do for me. She had ulterior motives I think; she wanted to walk all over the place in her new shoes as she did chores for me. She was standing taller and walking prouder. She was more polite and kind. I couldn’t believe the difference in her attitude.
Can you believe that one little thing can make such a difference in her sense of self? Her sense of womanhood even. I can’t believe I am writing a blog about my little girl journeying toward womanhood.
I’m excited for her, but sad (and terrified) at the same time. I want to hang on to my little girl for a while longer. Still, I can’t wait to see her grow into the woman that God has created her to be. If the shoes are any indication, she is going to be a strong, confident, assertive, thoughtful woman who carries herself with an attitude of grace and kindness. Quick to show love and mindful of the needs of others. These are all the things I wish and pray for her to become.
What about you? What brings out the more confident you? For me it is exercise. When I work out I feel better about myself. More powerful. More who God created me to be. As a matter of fact, I think I will go do some Hip Hop Abs right now. Stay strong, sistas.