Thursday, March 15, 2012

Slice 2012 - 15 of 31 Leg Hair

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. 

10 comments :

  1. Hopefully B will wait a while longer before asking to shave and then I hope she will ask you to be there to coach her along. Kids grow up so fast.

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  2. You got me with the leg hair, but really this is a very special moment with your daughter. She will be growing up too fast. Hold on to these days while you can. Thoughts preserved, even if it is leg hair.

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  3. Yes, I was drawn to your post by your title too! :) I like how you said in the end that you are in no rush know how your daughter tackles this step.. I hope that you will continue to enjoy the precious moments you have with your daughter!

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  4. You made me laugh with your "hook" on this post, Mandy, but it turned out to be a very heartfelt, tender moment you shared. Thanks!

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  5. I like how you turned this "weird topic" moment into a deep reflection about your daughters and their different personalities! I wasn't expecting such an insightful post from your hook -- but it was a nice surprise!

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  6. I admit, you got me with the title too! I love this story. You said how you didn't offer anything but a little leg hair and she was able to make this connection. What you didn't say was that she also offered you a little something...she gave you that little insight to her learning and you took that and reflected on what she might be like in a few years. Nice!

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  7. Those little transitional steps in life are such a big deal when you are taking them one at a time! I too hope she waits for a little coaching before jumping.

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  8. I actually thought this story was going to take a different turn halfway through. I enjoyed your post!

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  9. Your story is so sweet but I love how you took a simple exchange and explored where it took your mind and heart.

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  10. Mandy, I wish I could take a funny, raw topic and fill it with meaning like you did. Enjoy your girls. They grow up so fast.

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