Just the way you are.

I was in line at a clothing store this afternoon, waiting patiently to make my return.  In front of me was an adorable little girl, waiting for her mom to make her purchase.  The little girl was probably about 8 years old, and had far more fashion sense then I’ve ever had.   Skinny jeans, chambray shirt, wingtip oxfords, and the perfect high-top bun.

The little 8 going on 25 year old diva was passing the time by oogling the racks of jewelry near the checkout, pausing occasionally to sing along to a song on the radio.

I don’t have kids.  I’m not even married, so kids and/or how kid-appropriate something is rarely enters my psyche.  But as I watched this little girl, singing along to the Top 40s radio station, I realized how odd it is to have an innocent little human not only dressed like a 20-something, but also singing lyrics about lost love, drinking in clubs, and one-night stands.   It was one of those scary moments that made me terrified to have children.

But then, a Bruno Mars song came on:  Just the way you are…

 

The little girl’s eyes lit up when this song started, and she sang along louder and with more energy than all of the other songs. She owned the lyrics:

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
‘Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
‘Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

Cool huh?  What great words for a little girl (or any girl) to hear, to sing, and to own.

You are amazing just the way you are.

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