Monday, April 5, 2010

That Little Girl

Today, I was going to post about "Continuing Beauty Challenge Number 2" (my feet), but I'm going to put that one off and tell you about a little girl.  She is pictured at the left, with her very cute younger brother.  That little girl is me.  Looking at her (and remembering her), I can see that she is not perfect.  She has red hair, freckles, a habit of squinting, knobby knees and a very tentative smile.  I can also see that she is a precious child, whom I would hug if I could, because she deserves hugging.  I would encourage her, forgive her when she makes mistakes, and reassure her that she is pretty (remembering what my mother told me: pretty is as pretty does, and knowing that this little girl tries her very best to be good).

I am still that little girl inside.  I suspect that we are all "that little girl" inside, but sometimes we forget.  I used to have a picture of my little girl self on my desk at work as a reminder.  The reason was (and is) that I am pretty hard on that little girl, all grown up.  I nag her about her mistakes, I focus on regrets, I belittle her appearance, sometimes I don't give her a moment's rest.  Sometimes the little girl inside me needs a hug, needs to be told that she is a good girl, and that she is loved.  It is up to grown-up me to do that, so that the little girl doesn't whither away and turn into a bitter, mean-spirited old lady.  I'm promising myself to do that.  The other thing I'll do is remember that there are other little girls around me (little boys, too), and treat them with tenderness.

Give your little girl a hug for me!

Annie Joy


Granny Sue said...

You're not just are beautiful, inside and out! I've always told Terry I wish I was as pretty as you are! Growing up my nickname was "horseface" cuz my face was so long and skinny with huge big brown eyes...I knew it wasn't meant as a compliment and it hurt terribly...but then I realized how beautiful horses are and decided it wasn't such a bad nickname afterall! I love you!!!!

A Hint of Home said...

I enjoyed my visit to your blog.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week.

Happy@Home said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I must tell you that I really enjoyed this post. I can relate to your feelings. I keep a picture of myself as a little girl on my dresser for similar reasons. Good "food for thought" you are offering today.

Annie Joy said...

I'm so happy that you dropped by my blog because it led me to yours! Your profile statement said it all, especially for me since I have recently retired. I'm completely happy at home for all the reasons you listed and all the things you enjoy!
Annie Joy

Connie said...

Well, I am happy you found me, too, sugar!! I love when I get a new person to comment or follow me. It just brings me joy to know someone thinks they like what I write. I'm not a letter writer so much as an email ol' lady! LOL But it is nice meeting you and hope you come back again. You never know what to expect here really.


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