Thursday, September 01, 2011

Rockin' It

Following up on my last post: on Saturday, Viva got her hair trimmed and re-done in a half-twisted, half-out chunky 'fro. She totally rocks it. She was really happy with it and then on Tuesday some little girl at camp told her that her hair looked nappy. 

Now, you know what? Her hair is nappy. I don't have a problem with that. As with many words that should be non-offensive but have become negative because of how they are used, it was the way she said it that I have a problem with. Like nappy is the worst thing it could be. Like nappy is synonymous with ugly. I am not teaching my kid that she should hate what God gave her.

Look at the picture again. And try and tell me that my child--my smart, funny, kind and sociable kid--should be made to feel ugly. Some people drink a bit too much Haterade. And self-Haterade is the worst kind.

I'm off to see if I can find a "Happy to be Nappy" T-shirt. Wish me luck.


Bridget said...

Viva is a stunningly, beautiful child. Really. She's gorgeous. She has gorgeous hair. She's has gorgeous everything. That photo is of her is so incredible.

She's. Just. Plain. Gorgeous.

The best part of it is that she's smart underneath all that gorgeousness, too.

And all that I can say about these other kids is: WTF? Really? What gives with the snarky comments? *sighs*

Lisa Blah Blah said...

Bridget: Sorry for the late response--I saw your comment but never got back to it because we were in the midst of moving. Thanks for the compliment to Viva! She *is* an amazing little person.

I don't know what is up with the kids and their comments. I was furious that when Viva was so happy with her hair, some kid would try and deflate her like that. Ugh. It *does* make me scared for middle school!

Bridget said...

We are surviving middle school so far. I'm lucky that we have an amazing staff and principals but mean girls abound. Last year was rough for my oldest daughter. I'm hoping this year is better.

The word "resilient" keeps coming to mind, and hoping my kids can get through this phase of life without too many scars.