like crayons and markers
I watched as she drew
outlined and shadowed
but before she was through-
she’d say look this way-
and with special care
she’d dab a little here
and she’d dab a little there-
transforming me into
a queen for a day
how I loved it when
came to play!
Today I was thinking about my Grandmother and remembering all the times she used to travel to visit us. We didn’t see her often- maybe a couple of times a year, but she was a true southern belle and I loved her dearly! She passed away just a few years after I got married. As I was putting on my moisturizer this morning, I remembered something special she used to do with us…
One of the things I loved most when Grandmother came to visit is when she would put her make-up on in the morning. She would sit on the couch and lay out all of her makeup on the coffee table. And if my sister and I were sitting with her, she would include us in her beauty ritual. We would carefully watch her apply her blue eye-shadow, and then it was our turn!
She’d lean over and swipe the blue shadows on our lids. And then she’d dab a little bit of mascara on our lashes, and then we’d pick a shade of lipstick. A little puff of nude powder dusted on our faces, and we were all dolled up! I remember thinking- oh just wait till my friends see me like this!
And then I’d go outside to see our friends who lived next door, and I’d wait for them to notice something different about me. Inside, I felt like a beauty queen, but the funny thing was that to them- I didn’t look any different!
It is amazing how a little extra attention from someone you love can transform your own thoughts about yourself.
I am so thankful for those memories-
and for how special and loved my Grandmother always made me feel!
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as braided hair or gold jewelry or fine clothes, but from the inner disposition of your heart, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:4