An Open Letter To My Daughter About Inner Beauty
From the moment your tiny fingers grasped mine as you struggled to take a breath at birth, I knew that you were the most beautiful girl in the world. Your father and I had been given such a wonderful gift that we vowed to do everything we could to keep you safe in this world and make sure that you always knew just how very special you are to us.
When you saw me putting on my make-up recently and asked me if you could have lip gloss, I told you that little girls don’t need to wear make-up. You looked at me so innocently and said “But mommy, I want to look pretty.” I felt so sad that my beautiful little girl, only three years old, already felt that she needed to wear make-up to feel that she is pretty.
What makes you a beautiful little girl? It is not make-up or fancy clothes. It is the way your eyes sparkle and light up a room when you laugh. It is your sweet personality and the way you snuggle softly into my arms at night and tell me that you wish that I could hold you forever.â€ It is in the moments when your baby brother falls off his bike and hurts himself and you rush over and kiss his boo boo better so that that he will stop crying.
I will never forget the day you were in the hospital bed fighting to breathe during a severe asthma attack and I was terrified that you would be taken away from us. As I lay my head next to you weeping, you stroked my hair and struggled to say, “Mommy, please don’t cry because I love you so much and it makes me sad. Your God given gifts are what make you beautiful…your compassion, your silliness, your thirst to learn about the world around you and your strength.
When you have moments in life when you feel ugly, or insecure or inadequate, I want you to always remember that as long as you rely on your inner beauty, you will always be the Prettiest Princess in all the land.
With love now and forever, Mommy
This letter was inspired by my recent review for the new Veggie Tales DVD Sweetpea Beauty.It is dedicated to each and every one of our beautiful girls in this world.