Yesterday after school I was sitting on our front stoop with B, my youngest right after school enjoying the gorgeous sunny day we were having. She was chatting away about various things and I started to rub her leg. She told me a friend had really dark leg hair, a third grade friend. I commented on how light her hair is and she looked at my slightly stubbly leg and the light bulb went off. She got so excited, I could see she was connecting the dots. She said, "I get it. If your hair is dark then your leg hair is dark. My hair is light so my leg hair is light." It was so sweet, honest, and genuine. She is thinking and drawing conclusions and I didn't say anything but offer a leg hair sample.
Later that night I began wondering what path she will take in a few years when she wants to get rid of her leg hair. Will she follow her oldest sister who wanted to shave so badly, didn't ask for help, tried on her own and has a scar over the ankle bone? In her oldest sister's defense she did ask for to shave and I didn't think it was necessary yet. We learn all learn a thing or two by trial and error. Will B follow her next biggest sister who asked and then sat with me on the side of the tub. I showed her on one leg and watched her do the other leg with patience and soft conversation. B has this side of her too, especially when she is one on one. After all of this wondering I really just know I'm in no rush to know how B tackles this step in life.