Friday, June 19, 2009

The little princess with the rose colored glasses

My daughter never ceases to amaze me.
Of course she is wonderful simply because she is my little girl, but there is one quality that I envy. You know that expression: "to see the world through rose colored glasses"?
Well, my little girl sees herself through pink glasses. And in her own eyes she is absolutely a princess. When passing a mirror she catches a glimpse of herself, and she'll stop and admire what she sees. No matter what she is wearing she'll be twirling and looking at herself from every angle with a content smile.

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This summer we went to a street fair in Spain. Late at night there was a concert with hundreds of people watching a man play his guitar. Without any fear or intimidation my little girl stepped out in front of the crowd and DANCED! She dance and twirled with her eyes fixed on the stars and her hands lifted in the air. I watched with amazement.
But my favorite part was when the guitarist ended his song and the whole crowd started clapping and shouting. My daughter looked at the crowd with pride and smiled graciously as she gave a bow. To her she was the star of the show!

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She is the center of her own universe and there is no doubt in her mind that she is beautiful.

Was I like her?
Did I use to feel like a princess?
Did I smile happily at my own reflection knowing that I was perfect?
Was I star in my own world?

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A couple of weeks ago I found this old (and I do mean OLD!) picture and it hit me.
Yes, I used to feel like a princess too....


What happened?
When do little princesses stop feeling beautiful and start feeling inadequate?
Why do little princesses wake up one morning and look in the mirror with disgust?
Why does admiration turn to criticism?
Was it something somebody said?
Was it something somebody did?
Or was growing up the same thing as loosing those pink glasses?

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I wish every little girl could grow up and know that she is perfect just the way she is. That she is beautiful and gifted and that she is the center of her universe.

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So to all you princesses out there - let's put those pink glasses back on!
Let's dance with our eyes fixed on the stars.
Let's be proud of our achievements and receive the applause with a gracious bow.
Let's celebrate our beauty.
Let's take a look in the mirror - and smile!

32 comments:

mi-rachel said...

for et alldeles nydelig innlegg.
og for en søt liten prinsesse du har!

Nanni said...

Herlig fortalt, vennen, og så klokt!!!
Nydelig lesning...
Og prinsesser er dere begge, det vet jeg..
Gleder meg sånn til skravlings i morgen, kombinert med brygge, kultur og de kjekke gutta våre!
God klem fra meg som er veldig glad i deg!

Anonymous said...

Kjære deg! Så fantastisk at du har gitt datteren din denne herlige evnen til å se seg selv på denne måten! Du har gjort en god jobb. Og jeg tenker at du fortsetter med det, herlig! Og bildet du fant fra din tid som "prinsesse" er virkelig herlig. Vi som kjenner deg, vet at prinsessen er der inne og stråler ut hele tiden. Med tiden har du blitt dronningen som fostrer en fantastisk prinsesse! Du er et vakkert menneske! Så glad jeg var innom bloggen din, AK. Kos deg med våre felles venner i morgen :o)
Klem fra Bente

Shabby Charm said...

En nydelig prinsesse du har. Et skjønt innlegg.

Takk for koselig kommentar hos meg.

Klem fra Maia

Les Cotrions said...

Thanks for your invitation...I have no photos of my table settings!!! Next time I'll take some!!! Your princess is faboulous!!! I hope she'll feel like a princess during all her life!!! It isn't easy but I wish it for her!
Big hugs
Vale

starrlife said...

That is the hope for all children! She is very beautiful and it's lovely how happy she is about herself. My daughter has the same quality and I hope it lasts forever, she will need it against many people in the world.Beautifulpost;)

caren@kdottiedesigns.com said...

Of course she is the star of the show! I also wish all girls could continue to feel that way. However, sadly that doesn't happen. Your daughter is darling.

Happy Pink Saturday.

Claudia said...

Every girl and every woman should feel that way! Lovely post. Happy Pink Saturday!

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Yes!!! Happy Pink Saturday!

debbie said...

Happy Pink Saturday
your daughter is very beautiful. innocent, and so full of life
I hope she will always feel like a princess and dance to the heavens above
your post was very good and worthy of discussion
have a beautiful weekend
hugs
debbie

♥Mimi♥ said...

Lovely pink blog post! Again, here I am taking in all of the pink. I need it this morning, it's all dark and raining outside. So thanks for the uplift☺

Wishing you and those you l♥ve a weekend filled with sunshine, good food and many, tender memories.

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

Oh your story made me smile. How i wish I was there to see that little girl dance.

My wish? Is that even though i grow older I'll never forget to be young at heart :-)

Very nice for a Pink Saturday post. Thanks for the reminder :-)

Happy Pink Saturday!

g said...

What a darling girl. Such a wonderful picture of her dancing.

And YOU, too - how cute is that picture!

It's thought provoking, what you said, about when and how it changes.

Nice thoughts for Pink Saturday - wearing pink glasses. Have a good one!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Your daughter is so very lovely! Thank you for sharing!

Enjoy!
Tina

Linda said...

Heisann.
Takk for hyggelig hilsen på min blogg:)
Tankevekkende innlegg! Ikke godt å si hva som skjer på veien? Visst hadde det vært noe om vi alle beholdt den lille prinsessa som finnes et sted inne i oss:)
For ei vakker lita jente du har også! Vi er vel heldige:)
Ha en strålende helg!
Klem Linda

Katie said...

She is a star! What a little darling! Happy Pink Saturday!

Paula Barin said...

I love your post...I'm getting my pink glasses out now! Thanks for sharing and reminding us that we are all special and worthy.

Mary said...

What a sweet child. Your photos of her are lovely. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Beverly said...

Welcome to your first Pink Saturday Ann-Kristin. I love your post.

Your daughter is a beauty, and so is her mother. Growing up with such a wonderful mother will encourage her self-confidence.

Your post is wise words to all women. We need to nurture and support each other so that we can all feel beautiful. Beauty should live in our hearts.

Angelika said...

Woooo! That put a smile on my face!
Thank you for this delicious 'pink' song from your heart!

Valerie said...

Welcome and Happy Pink Saturday, Ann-Kristin!

Your blog is both beautiful and inspiring. We have much in common by way of careers and family.

I too hope that my four-year old never loses sight of the princess she sees in the mirror; that she always has the confidence to speak her mind, but do so with a kind and gentle spirit!

You have a new follower and I can't wait to read your future posts!

Beansieleigh said...

This is a beautiful post! Happy Pink Saturday, and hope you have a wonderful week!

stefanie said...

true, true, so true. happy pink

Nina i Paradiset said...

Kjempesøt jente, og oppførselen minner meg sterkt om den mine to 6-åringer har...
Speil står øverst på ønskelisten på rommet nå!!
;)

Klem!

The Artful Paper Doll said...

Hello Ann-Kristin,

That was a most magnificent post and so true. We all are the stars of our own universe and all beautiful.

.•*˙˙*•.HaPPy PiNk SaTuRdaY!.•*˙˙*•.

Blessings! =D
~Kitty Kellie
The Artful Paper Doll

Lisa said...

Sweet! Lovely! We should all look at the world with Pink Glasses!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs, Lisa

HiHo said...

welcome to pink saturday. a great post and celebration of beauty! Heidi

Domestic Diva said...

She is a beauty!!!! Great post.

Nanni said...

Takk for en aldeles herlig aften, dere er skjønne venner!! Det er lenge siden jeg har ledd så godt.. ;o)
Nå skal ikke alt fra kvelden bloggifiseres, men noe havnet utpå i dag, f.eks. forslag til veskeknagg???
Juhuuu & tudeluu fra Nanni ~

maidenshade said...

Happy Pink Saturday on Sunday. What a very well-written, poignant and sweet post that was! Hope your day is full of love and happiness. Please go to my blog, read my "for a princess" posts, we are of a like mind, you and I.

xJ
MaidenShade.wordpress.com

paintinpatti said...

Such a thoughtful and beautiful post ~ your daughter is sweet. Thank you for reminding us to keep the heart of a child inside. Pink Hugs this week!

Dreamgirl said...

Thanks Patti

Tried to find your blog to come visit, but couldn't find one. Well, anyway I hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for coming by Sweeter Living!

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