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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Royal Blue Truth.

Royal Blue Truth

Today was Mother’s Day, and I enjoyed spending it with my family. The weather was a gift in itself; it was an absolutely gorgeous day from start to finish with perfect temperatures and blue skies. The biggest present by far, though, was the reason why I’m allowed to celebrate this glorious day in the first place: my precious son.

Even though he is merely five, I find that he teaches me valuable life lessons and offers me profound perspectives quite frequently.

It’s no secret that my blog has been therapeutic for me in terms of coming to grips with—and embracing—my physical body (no matter the constant battle to change it). A very wise friend of mine once said, “You are the only person who can’t SEE yourself.” The idea is that those who love me, and quantify my life with caring and companionship—well, they really SEE me, more than I am able to see myself at times.

My son is no exception. He has no concept of physical self-loathing or bodily judgment at this point, and often exclaims happily from the backseat of the car on the way to school, “I love myself, mom”. The proclamation is music to my ears, yet it is bittersweet; how easy it is for him to embrace himself wholly, and how hard it is for me.

This morning, he woke me in bed to say, “Good morning, my beautiful mama”. I can’t think of a better way to start my day. It isn’t his compliment that enriches my life, it is knowing that his definition of beauty has nothing to do with pretty dresses or shades of lipstick, numbers on the scale or trim waistlines. There isn’t anyone to impress here, anyhow, or any gains to be made through insincere flattery.

As his wide blue eyes meet mine I know that he SEES me, and the real "stuff" of me, even in my pajamas and curlers, and that it has nothing to do with the dress size I wear or how put together I am.

He only sees ME—the essence of me--and it gives me hope that one day, I might see myself.

Thank you for that, my darling Emmett.

It is an honor to be your mother.

This outfit, along with accessories, was 100% thrifted for less than $15.00.

In case you are wondering, the scarf I am wearing in today's outfit post IS a part of the 16 ways scarf tutorial AND a giveaway item from Hope's Outlet! I will be giving this scarf away this week with another blog post that covers more on belting with vintage scarfs....See you then!

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