Monday, November 24, 2008

The universe is a procession

This morning my daughter watched me get dressed and made random, innocuous comments comparing our bodies. Like, "Mommy has big hands, I have tiny hands; Mommy has long arms, I have short arms," and so on, cataloging some of the ways we were different. When she got to my belly, I decided to practice a little body acceptance. I try not to say anything bad about myself in front of my daughter, because we ladies are inordinately critical of ourselves, aren't we? But I do find it difficult to celebrate my crepe-papery stretch marks.

So she got to my belly, and I said enthusiastically, "I love my belly! It's strong and beautiful. It grew and kept safe two of my favorite people in the world."

Thea: How can it be beautiful? It's just a belly.

Me: I think it's beautiful, anyway. And maybe it's beautiful on the inside? I don't know, you tell me, you were in there. What does it look like on the inside?

Thea [after a pause]: It looks like a church made of rainbows.

... *sniff* I think I have something in my eye.

16 comments:

nylonthread said...

Wow, what if it does look/feel like that? I guess we'll never know...

I'll take Thea's word for it, with pleasure.

Kelly O said...

I know, right? What a sweet thing to say.

MB said...

wow. When I read that, my heart just stopped for second. How sweet. I can't think of a prettier place than a church of rainbows.

Christie Lanning said...

When Justin was about 5, he saw my stretch marks and asked what they were. I explained to him, and he said "They are very pretty, Mommy" Because by then, they had faded from mauled- by-a-bear red to a kind of silvery looking color. Kids are so awesome.

Catherine said...

Thea's a wise kid.

I had to clean up all sorts of bad habits when Elliot was born. And then when Audrey came along had to go even further. I will cry the day either of my kids think they're anything but beautiful. But I fear it more for her than him :(

todd said...

Aw my lil girl is just such a darling. that teared me up a little.

haj1000 said...

omigod that's so freakin' adorable. *sniff* darn these winter allergies.

kevin forgot said...

its like a church made of rainbows... in my pants. awesome.

spleeness said...

aw. When you see me grinning like an idiot here at work, now you'll know why. My whole inside just warmed up.

Kelly O said...

Your rainbow church inside is warm, too? Awesome!

NT said...

Don't you think we would all worship in a church made of rainbows, if given the chance?

That is just SO AWESOME.

Renaissance Woman said...

That is the sweetest thing ever!!! Thea is such a sweet little girl.

Nikita said...

My eyes have tears in them and I think one of my ovaries just sucker punched me.

Don Mills Diva said...

That is just about the most beautiful thing I've ever heard!

Patois said...

Wow.

onthecurb said...

Thea really is a special gal.