Friday, May 29, 2009

nutmeg


"Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?" (Samuel Johnson)

meet nutmeg. she is our beautiful, joyful, moody, creative & wild 9 year old, and this is one of her (many!) dreams - pink hair. what mother would deny her 9 year old the ability to be "happy in their own way" for something so simple, so easy as that? she flounced out of the house today with a wide grin, calling behind her, "i'll let you know what everyone thinks about my hair!" she expects some envy, some bewilderment, and some disdain. but she doesn't care - because she is a fierce individual who is being raised on the truth that it is better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you are not.

i believe one of the greatest gifts i will give my daughters is the ability to love themselves for who they are - their whole selves. to acknowledge their weaknesses, revel in their strengths, and move with grace through a world that will judge both. it's a difficult thing to impart, but i am trying, every day. it is a battle i will not surrender.

frankly, the world could use a little more pink hair.

8 comments:

Breezy said...

I very much LOVE the pink hair and applaud you as a mom for "allowing" the pink hair and allowing her to be herself. I'm not to that point yet, but I imagine it's such a struggle to let them be them and still want to protect them from other peoples opinions. What a great mommy moment! (Plus you and your fam look fab with pink hair!)

Anonymous said...

that's pretty cool.Dude all u have to do is follow ur dreams.

syrinx said...

I like it. And I think dad would love some pink hair, also!

Krissi said...

In college I highlighted my hair all kinds of crazy colors--blue, purple, green, and my favorite, fuchsia. That last one looked a lot like your daughter's hair. I greatly approve! This made me smile, and I needed that today. :)

Tamar said...

I want pink hair!!!

Annie said...

Yay! Molly wants blue :-)

jd said...

And here I thought this post was going to be about my cat. I wonder what my cat would look like with pink hair...

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh! That's awesome I love meg with pink hair I think she looks great and I'm glad she doesn't care what people think cause Meg and Kyra are great girls and have great hearts. I love being around them and I wish we could spend more time together to get to know each other. I hate how I have to leave the best church ever and leave all my friends just cause I lie far away. I'm going to miss everyone and especially the girls in our group. we need to get together soon so we could have fun and hang out.

Love ya!
Spice