Do you every stop and take a look at yourself through your child’s eyes?
Too often I stop to look in the mirror before heading out of the house and think, “Well, that is as good as its going to get right now!” and, with a very unsatisfied sigh, I move on. I’ve never considered myself a great beauty or had much time or interest in makeup or taking hours to groom myself, but I’ve always thought it would be nice to look a little bit prettier.
Last week my son floored me with the most heartfelt compliment I have ever heard. He looked me right in the eyes and, with his soft puppy-dog eyes full of love, and said, “Mama, you are so pretty! You always look pretty in everything you wear. And when you wear your nightgown with the owls on it, you look so cute! You are beautiful, mama.”
Now, at the time I had on some old jeans, a shirt I use for painting, and my hair in a mom bun. There was nothing special about my appearance at all, but there was no arguing with the sincerity of his compliment.
As busy moms of young children, maybe we feel like we get overlooked a lot. Maybe we feel like we are underappreciated.
But I want to guarantee you this, mama, those babies DO see us for the beautiful souls that we are. They ADORE us. Some are better at expressing it than others, but there is no one in their universe like YOU, mama. You are the apple of their eye. You are amazing. You are BEAUTIFUL.
So don’t be so hard on yourself. You don’t have three hours to prepare your outfit, hair, and makeup for the day. You might be like me and only give yourself about three minutes to throw on your clothes and rush out the door. I usually brush my hair as I’m driving (probably shouldn’t admit that, but it’s true).
But you are BEAUTIFUL because you are doing a BEAUTIFUL work.
God bless you, mama!
P.S. Please share some of the compliments that your babies have given you. If they were sincere or silly (or both!) I would love to hear them.