I told myself I’d never straighten her hair, but today she needed some Mama time. I did her hair and listened as she talked about Pound Puppies, and I told her about my girlfriends in college who used to straighten and curl my hair. When I lifted her onto the counter, I didn’t notice that my compact fell into the sink. As we talked, she smashed my broken makeup with her toe.
Straightening her hair took longer than I thought it would, and she loved it even more than I expected. I know that every kid loves one-on-one time, but it’s easy to forget that focused, quality time is like medicine.
She loves her straight hair, and when she was looking in the mirror told me, “Mommy, just because you change how you look on the outside, it doesn’t change who you are on the inside.”