We took the girls for a spring nature walk at the park Monday and then capped off Amelia’s official birthday with dinner at a local sports bar type place with live music, a great kids menu, and patio windows open to the 70 plus degree day. Somehow we have started a tradition of taking the girls to a neighborhood sports bar for their birthdays. This is probably because besides McDonalds and a half a dozen Mexican restaurants, there is no other type restaurant in our neighborhood. Well, that and the fact that you can’t beat their cheeseburgers.
After Amelia baptized herself in honey mustard sauce, I took the girls to the bathroom to clean up sticky hands and faces. I decided I looked extra frumpy when I checked out my reflection in the large bathroom mirror. I tucked my t-shirt into my capri jeans and my hair back behind my ears.
Caitlin was watching me all the while and looked at me and said, “Mommy, you look beautiful. You look just like a princess.”
I looked in the mirror again at my straight-from-the park outfit: tennis shoes, white ankle socks, capri jeans, and a Lands End baby blue cotton t-shirt that has been around the block a few times. Not your typical princess attire.
Any time I need a little boost of self-esteem, I just watch Caitlin’s eyes fill with sincerity as she touches my face and tells me I’m beautiful. And besides, who says her ideal princess can’t be 37 years old and wear jeans and tennis shoes?