Piano, dance, soccer, cheer-leading, basketball, volleyball, girl scouts, choir, track, drama etc.
If I wanted to do it, she found a way to make it happen.
She also got involved with a lot of the activities. She went to every game/show/concert I had. She was my troop leader, she was my girl’s camp director, she was awesome.
A lot of the time, I forget that some kids didn’t have “involved” parents. I was very much spoiled with love as a child. One of the best gifts my mother gave me was confidence and independence. I was taught never to “follow the crowd,” but do what I wanted to do. I was allowed to mold myself into someone unique.
I pride myself in being an awesome mother, just like my mom was. I try very hard to encourage Sophie to be her own person. She dresses herself, and most days she doesn’t let society cripple her fashion. One of my favorite outfits was a tutu, butterfly wings, rainbow shorts, and snow boots.
After having kids, I felt somewhat pressured to mold into the generic housewife. I stopped dying my hair funky colors, started buying more boring clothes, rarely put on makeup, and basically toned myself down.
I just realized this kind of makes me a hypocrite. Here I am teaching her to be herself, while I am just doing what is expected. Screw that. I was worried that me being “unique” or “alternative” would put off all the other moms at church, playgroups, preschool, etc. I didn’t want my little Sophie to suffer because I couldn’t just be normal.
Thanks to a supportive husband, who gave me the final shove I needed; and my friend Jaimie, who helped me with the coloring – I now have purple hair.
I love it. I decided that if someone is going to judge me based on the fact that I have fun hair, I don’t want them around my family anyways. Judgmental people often raise judgmental children, and we don’t need friends like that.
The best part?
The purple is only a semi-permanent color, and will wash out in a month or so.
Then I can put a NEW color in! 😀
I will be a human mood ring.