Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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On Saturday evening I pushed my shopping cart out of the grocery store while Lily, beside me,  twirled and hummed, and jumped over every crack we passed.  I marveled at her beauty and innocence and, well, her agility too.  My heart did that thing wherein it feels altogether too large for the space inside my body.  And I wanted her to know, so I said, 

"Lily, you are worth more than all the diamonds, all the rubies, and all the gold in this whole wide wide world!"

She looked up at me as we continued to walk, steadying herself with the cart, and smiled wide. 

In reply she raised her voice to a girlish pitch and said, "Yeah, I think pretty much only Jesus might be better than me."

I laughed out loud.  I'm not sure how I expected her to reply, but it was perfect Lily-form.  And I realized in that moment that despite this world's ability to be so cruel to girls, I desperately want her to always feel this way.  More than diamonds, rubies and gold.


Tish said...

Sigh...That has to be THE most sweetest mother/daughter exchange I've ever read. xoxo

My heart is full!

dixonfamily said...

Oh, that Lily is such a delightful little lady! and so pretty too! I think I know where she gets her charm from.

Missy said...

You have to know you are doing something right with a comment like that.

What a beautiful family you are raising Tara!

Team Lawter said...

This is awesome...I love this post, and I love whatever Lily is making! Yum yum ;)

Christy said...

this is so sweet tara... the pictures and your words. it's all true. don't you wish we could just protect our little girls from everything? this post reminded of an essay on motherhood that i love. i think i may have sent it to you a while back... it started with a mom and daughter in a dressing room and the little girl was admiring her body, twirling and posing without any shame. if only all girls/women could feel so beautiful!

Jill Revell said...

Her comment cracked me up! So true!

She is too cute and I can't believe how much she has grown!