I had a lovely mummy moment today with my toddler [2.5 year old] who never ceases to surprise me. We were out trying to find me an outfit to wear to an upcoming wedding. We had gone to a nearby boutique filled with exclusive, heavy, Indian couture party wear. I was led into a fitting room, and no sooner had I shut the door, I heard the babbling voice of my toddler approaching. So I opened the door and in she walked, smiling brightly.
I struggle to put on the dress, buttoning it up and feeling the fabric clinging to every new, unwelcome bump in my post-baby body. A million [negative] thoughts going through my brain as I see myself in the mirror. Too tight. Not buttoning up properly. I look huge. Not for me. You get the idea. And then, my daughter asks me, “Mummy, tum princess ho?” which translates to “Mummy are you a princess?”. She was smiling widely, looking up at me in this dress, connecting me to a character she’s seen in fairytales and movies.
It was like she popped all the bubbles in my brain, and all those thoughts vanished. Now I was thinking, I wonder what she sees. I tried to look at myself again through her eyes. It’s not easy to ignore all the flaws that scream at you through a mirror. But, I know what she was trying to say in that question. She was ooh-ing and wow-ing at me in the dress. She saw princesses and brides. She saw beauty.
Sometimes we get too caught up in the negatives. Sometimes it takes a small reminder in the size of a tiny little human being who thinks the world of you, to show you what you’re overlooking.
Has your little one ever made you feel beautiful? Today, mine did.