May 7, 2009
A Dream Deferred
A few days ago, my daughter received an invitation to a friend's birthday party in the mail. The party is being held at a children's hair salon in town. After being educated in the art of prepubescent hairstyling, each of the party guests will be treated to a beauty treatment of her choice: a manicure, a pedicure, a classy 'up-do,' or a free ear piercing. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't a box labeled "tattoo," because I would have checked it.
"Mani, pedi, or hairdo?" I asked my daughter, pencil in hand.
"I want my ears pierced!" she cried. The panic rose in her throat as she realized that my omission of her desired choice was not by accident.
I reminded my daughter of our agreement: she could get her ears pierced when she was eight. This proved to be small consolation to a six-year-old with a penchant for glittery hoops.
Camber: "I'm going to get my ears pierced anyway."
Me: "I'm not signing the permission slip."
Camber: "I'll sign your name when you're not looking."
I thought about telling my daughter that her plan was doomed to failure, but then I remembered who worked at the beauty salon--high school sophomores--and I was forced to recalculate her odds of success.
After forcing my daughter's hand and talking her (reluctantly) into a disgusting hairdo that she vows to rip out the moment the party ends, I took her shopping for a gift. All of my initial suggestions (snow cone maker, pottery wheel, albino frog) were scorned and soundly rejected. My daughter and I couldn't find anything we agreed upon until we reached the beauty aisle.
"Home waxing kit?" I proposed, holding up a tub of microwavable eyebrow wax.
My daughter studied the box before returning it to the shelf. "That's actually a good idea," she said slowly. "But I want to think about it for a couple of minutes."
Today's mom is Kristine and she is a hero. In addition to supporting her husband through an MBA program and full-time job, she has also been a foster mom for over a year to two adorable little kids. She finds out soon if she and her husband are going to be able to adopt them. My fingers are crossed!
With three kids under three in her home, Kristine's life is crazy...and loud. That's why LDS Quiet Books is sending Kristine's kids their very own quiet book! If you haven't seen these things, they're lifesavers. These fabric activity kits are great for music recitals, airplanes, church, doctors' offices...pretty much any place where you wish your child had an "off" button.
In addition, Kristine will also receive an eco-chic and appropriately worded reusable bag from Earth Saks.
Last but not least, Kristine will also be getting a one-year subscription to Eliza Magazine.
Kristine: What the world needs is a million more of you.
Have you seen this music video? If not, be prepared to cry (in a good way).