Recently I went to support a friend of mine’s daughter in a cheer competition. Since the little one is only about 6 years old I expected to see sweet little cheers, perky little pony tails, and maybe a little glitter. Goodness was I wrong and just flat out shocked.
While there were pony tails, there were also skimpy little outfits, and more makeup than a Halloween store would know what to do with. The little girls looked to be way older than what they were and most of them had the attitudes to match. And the sweet little cheers that I expected to hear were MIA and were replaced with some dances that I wouldn’t be happy to see my grown kids doing.
Of course, that got me thinking back to when I was first allowed to wear makeup outside of playing dress up at home. It was the first day of 7th grade, which in my little school meant that I was officially in Jr. High. However, even then I was only allowed to wear either a light blue or a light brown eye shadow and that was it. I didn’t fuss, well not much anyway, about not getting to wear more than the eye shadow. My momma always told me that I was too young to wear too much makeup and I didn’t need to be in a hurry to grow up.
I remember lying on the bed and watching momma do her hair and put on her makeup. I always thought she looked like a princess getting ready for a ball, especially on Sunday mornings. She would delicately apply her eye liner and then when it was time to put on mascara, I would always giggle at the faces that she made in the mirror.
After she had finished with her hair and makeup then she would spray her favorite perfume. She would always give me a small squirt as well so that I could smell like her. I always thought that I couldn’t wait to grow up and be a momma so I could wear makeup and smell pretty all the time.
I see girls today wearing what looks to be pounds of makeup and it’s just not necessary. Let kids be kids and even when you’re older; don’t cover up the beauty that God gave you. Learn to love yourself instead of constantly trying to change yourself.