Recently I was gazing into Eden’s sweet face… perhaps the most beautiful, searching eyes I have ever seen… and I just kept telling her over and over how perfectly lovely she is.
Then it occurred to me that all mothers must think their daughters are beautiful.
And then I chuckled to myself.
I remembered a story involving my mother and me, when I was probably in Kindergarten. It went something like this:
ME: Mommy, am I prettier than Amy? (names have been changed to protect the innocent)
MOM: Yes, you are prettier than Amy.
ME: Mommy, am I prettier than Sarah?
MOM: Yes, TJ, you are much prettier than Sarah.
ME: Mommy, am I prettier than Melissa?
MOM: (pause) Well, Melissa is a very pretty girl.
Ahh, my mother… apparently she was very committed to honesty 🙂
I wonder what I would do in a similar situation. I respect her for not lying to me, and she definitely did not have any warning that I would ask such a thing, so no time to prepare.
Now, having thought about it, I think I know what I’ll say if ever my daughter asks me a question like this. How do you think you would answer?