Thursday, June 01, 2006

It's Not Easy Being Green...

Not long ago, my daughter managed to secretly color her legs with a green marker. The markings were quite ornate. Though I've told her many times not to color on her body, I couldn't help but be proud of her creativity. Unfortunately, I didn't discover the hieroglyphics on her legs until she was getting dressed for gymnastics class. I asked my daughter if she had drawn tights on her legs to go with her leotard?
The class is early on Saturdays and we had little time to clean her up. Plus, I thought this might be a good lesson for her to stick with coloring on paper and not on her person. When we arrived at the gym and she stripped down to her leotard, my daughter suddenly became self-conscience of her green legs. She hid behind me like a shy toddler. Some fellow daycare friends and their mom were also at the gym that morning. The mom commented on how pretty my daughter's legs looked. She hid herself further into the backs of my legs and insisted she needed to get dressed. I couldn't believe my daughter-who's not even four yet-already felt so awkward in a crowd. And no one had even said anything "mean." This really was a good lesson and one I'd never thought about as we headed to the gym. I reassured my daughter her green legs were beautiful and she should show them off. She tilted her head to the side and read the truth in my face and smiled. The gym coach approached us to take the kids out on to the floor. The coach told my daughter her legs looked great. As my daughter skipped out to the floor, I knew she learned it's okay to be different...

6 comments:

TL said...

So that's what those green marks were about. Mystery solved!

I have some Dawson Original Art popping up in random places in my journal.

My best friend sends me the artwork her children (my adopted nephew and niece) make just for me.

I think it's great you encourage your kids to be creative and embrace being different.

I believe those early lessons help foster the opporunity for embracing diversty when they are older.

Kelley said...

Thanks, TL! Dawson will have to send you some art work as well.

Emefa said...

I used to do that when i was real little and i think it was a bit fun. You have an exelebnt way of giving your child a lesson....thanks

Kelley said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Emefa, and for leaving a comment! I will visit your blog.

Burfica said...

Hi ya Kelley, I followed you over from TL's blog. Hope you don't mind. I've had interesting experiences with my son. He decided to color a whole asteroid field along with explosions on his stomach. And a giant sun around his belly button.

my close friends daughter colored her intire face with a permanant black marker, then announced she wanted to be an indian. After scrubbing her almost raw, she was sent to school looking like she had been beaten. Oh the phone calls. LOL

I'll be back if you don't mind. I love hearing about other mom's and their trials, or lessons or pains. Makes me feel not so alone.

Kelley said...

LOL! I just knew my daughter wasn't the only one drawing on herself-thanks for sharing the stories!