Wednesday, March 6, 2013
At best, my wardrobe has always been conservative. I have never been that interested in fashion; I have always worn my hair down. My jewelry is pretty straight-forward, when I wear any. My make-up is the same for day and evening. This morning, I put a bit of lip gloss on, and Jack actually asked what was different about my face.
This past weekend, I was going through my closet and pulling out things to donate, and Jossie surveys my shoes, her baby doll clutched in her hand. She pulls out a very worn pair of Cole Haan flats. She sets them on the floor and says, “pretty shoes,” which couldn’t be further from the truth.
She slips her feet into them. My heart melts a little at this moment of my daughter trying on my shoes.
But I almost feel sorry for Joss. Her mama doesn’t own glamorous high heels. Or even some good sparkly shoes. Or shoes that aren’t black.
But they are mine. I have walked miles in those shoes. I have felt sad, happy, proud, and disgruntled in those shoes.
And she is mine. For now. She doesn’t look at me with adoration or disdain. Right now, I’m just the Truth – mama, protector and provider. These are my shoes and they are pretty because they are her mama’s, and that is good enough for now.