lipstick and curls

Today I sat behind a little three-year old beauty queen at church. She was wearing bright red lipstick and a few swipes of black mascara around each of her bright blue eyes. And her blond hair had big loose curls that were held out of her face by a little bobby pin over her ear.

I watched her jingle her bracelet that was made from rubber bands and safety pins as she waved to every other preschool girl in the room. She was working it, I tell you what.

Then when my boy #4 came down the aisle holding a tray full of little cups of water, she pinched one up and slurped louder than any beauty queen has a right to.

And I thought to myself, "I would like to be her. To be unashamed and proud of my feminine wiles. To wave to all my friends with my sparkly jewelry, and then to slurp up the living water."

Thanks for the reminder, Scarlett.


Connie | January 9, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Three-year-old beauty queens are great examples of how life should be. I have 4 of them in my family. Tonight all 4 of them had chocolate around their mouths after eating the birthday cake of the 6-year-old princess.
I hope when you wave to your friends with your sparkly jewelry, you wave to me.

Kristina P. | January 9, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Was she on Toddlers and Tiaras?

Kazzy | January 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

She is a little lovely. Little blond girls...who knew?

Barbaloot | January 9, 2011 at 9:21 PM

She sounds darling. Although make-up on a 3 year old kinda freaks me out.

Stacy | January 9, 2011 at 9:35 PM

I want to have that kind of abandon. To not care what people think.

I need to be doing more living water drinking too.

Welcome to the Garden of Egan | January 9, 2011 at 10:04 PM

That is cute!

Anonymous | January 9, 2011 at 11:52 PM

I'd settle for the beautiful and happy about it part. ;) Loved your last line, Kazzy.

LisAway | January 10, 2011 at 1:54 AM

Loved this. Cute image, great example to follow.

Ca88andra | January 10, 2011 at 2:03 AM

I'm guessing its because I have three boys that I'm feeling a little bit shocked about a three year old wearing makeup...

Momza | January 10, 2011 at 5:42 AM

Me too. To be vain and careless. Ahhh the good ol days.

CiCi | January 10, 2011 at 7:17 AM

I don't remember being like that when I was three but I know my granddaughter was. It is nice to watch children who are feeling secure in their family environment and feel good about themselves already at such a young age.

gigi | January 10, 2011 at 8:50 AM

And her name was Scarlett? Perfect!

Brianne | January 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM

I'm in love with my friend's blond daughter. My dad always wanted a blond little girl, and I want one... Too bad it's impossible due to my black hair and my husband's red hair!

Heather of the EO | January 10, 2011 at 11:51 AM

I love this, Kazzy. I just always love how you see the world.

Valerie | January 10, 2011 at 1:15 PM

A seemingly ordinary Sunday~ seen through your eyes~ becomes spectacular.

Unknown | January 10, 2011 at 2:35 PM

You have such a genius for getting to the heart of things, Kaz.

wendy | January 10, 2011 at 9:40 PM

All I can say is that is just too cute.
I would have started laughing for sure. Would be nice (albiet manners are important) to just have that kind of reckless abandon.

slurp and wave

Sandra | January 10, 2011 at 9:56 PM

She sounds like my kind of toddler!

Judi | January 11, 2011 at 8:03 AM


amber_mtmc | January 11, 2011 at 11:22 AM

I have to say thinking of a toddler with lipstick and mascara on kind of makes me uncomfortable! (At the same time, toddlers are their own people!)

I do love the thought of reckless abandon and being who we are. What a great metaphor!

Marianne | January 11, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog, I love the things you post about, and I love you! I want to be just like you when I grow up.

Kimberly Vanderhorst | January 11, 2011 at 2:35 PM

I love how you see the good in that, instead of judging her make-up allowing mum that way I probably would. That's some of the best kind of good.

Melanie Jacobson | January 12, 2011 at 9:28 PM

You really do learn from everything, don't you? I think you're awesome.

Lara Neves | January 17, 2011 at 4:56 PM

This made me giggle, since I have one like her at my house. And oh how I wish I could tackle life the way she does, that's for sure!

*~Petra~* | January 20, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Oh how adorable. Yes, we should all be a little more like that little beauty queen. :)