Tuesday, November 8, 2011

52 Weeks of Happiness :: Week 35


As the mama to two boys
I often think of a quote from the poet Maya Angelou...

“I gave birth to one child, a son,
but I have thousands of daughters."

Recently, I've decided that the world

is full of daughters that I can experience

the fun of girlhood with.

Griffin's school had a fall festival

and asked for parent volunteers to help out.

So I signed up to spend the afternoon

at the "Sassy Nail Salon".


I pampered princesses, tomboys,
and girls that were
totally obsessed with the color pink.

I marveled at how cute the nail polish looked
on grubby little girl fingers.


I had so much fun
chatting with these little ladies

as they decided on the colors

and combinations that they wanted.

Some of them were so excited

as it was the first time that they

had ever had their f
ingernails p ainted.


My soul felt so full
as each girl sat down

and extended their hand to me.

There were no aches for the little girl that

I will never have
that often creep up in my longing heart.


Instead, it was a celebration
of all things feminine and sweet.

I don't think that those little girls knew

what a gift that they were giving to me
by letting me give a gift to them.

I'm learning to enjoy
my universal daughters.


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4 Lettre Words said...

How cute is that? Love it!

Icy BC said...

This is so cute and fun!

I always had so much fun doing little girls' nails as a manicurist long ago.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

What a cute booth!

Pieni Lintu said...

Cute!!! :)

Jenn Valmonte said...

Oh wow! That is soooo cute! I love nail polish, how I wish I can attend a mani party, too!

Leovi said...

They are two different photos but have the same title. I made a mistake by putting the link. Sorry.

Unknown said...

How sweet, that would be fun!

Anonymous said...

Aww! How fun!!

Jen said...

Those little painted fingers bring back fun memories. Precious little spa girls!

Shanda said...

So cute!
I'm a new follower and linking up!

Karen Mortensen said...

I know what you mean. All my kids at school become my kids. I love it.

Unknown said...

What a fun idea.

Unknown said...

What a fun idea.

Caroline said...

Oh I love it!!! It's so fun to get girly with some girls and nail painting is the perfect thing!

If I lived nearby--you know I would have stopped by with my girl-crew (and O-man too) for some nail painting! :)

Gina Kleinworth said...

How cute- what a great idea Leigh!!!

Linda D. said...

I love that you are embracing your universal daughter and they are, in turn, reaching out their hands to you! Cute hands with little pink fingernails!

Susan said...

So sweet! I always wished for a girl as well. I'm glad you found a way to get your girl fix.

Yvonne said...

My mom& I have always spent quality time with her doing my nails ..I still love it to this day& I'm 24 LOL!

Very cute :)

Christina Klas said...

So so so cute! What a fantastic little girl idea!

Kelly Lund and Kids said...

Yay for Little Girls!! Today is my only little girl's birthday!! I must say, it has been fun to do little girl things... but love my boys too!! Happy Tuesday!

Anika said...

Fun!! My daughter {two years old} loooves to paint our nails together. Never have I owned so much nail polish as now ;) And we totally do chat about things like we were older and at a salon, i love it!
Great post!

Shoni said...

Super cute!

Susan Anderson said...

It's true, isn't it?

I'm all about universal daughters.

I even have some universal sons!


Tracie Nall said...

This is so beautiful and so sweet.

I'm happy for you that it was such a lovely day.

cre8ivesky said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your thoughts about universal daughters! I also have all boys and have thought often of what having a girl could've been like. I love that you are looking for ways to have girls in your life- like volunteering specifically for that table! I will have to look for the same kinds of opportunities now- thanks for awesome enlightenment today!