Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wear Those Sparkly Shoes
Yesterday morning started like most other mornings.
Baby L opened our bedroom door and entered with his usual happy morning greeting, "Hi Mommy! Hi Daddy!" Shortly followed by J who enters quietly to slip under the covers for some morning cuddles before the day starts.
While Daddy gets dressed for the day, the boys and I cuddle in bed and watch 'Wild Kratts'. As Daddy heads downstairs to leave for work, that is my cue to get out of bed and start getting ready for the day.
Heading into the bathroom, I do the usual things people do to get themselves ready for the day. When it come times to get dressed, I head into my closet and study the familiar wardrobe as if it holds the key to all my unanswered questions.
My eyes fall to my new shirt. My fingers brush the black lace trim at the top and at the end of the sleeves. I smooth my hand down the front of soft grey material. It's so pretty.
I decide "I'll save that for a special occasion. After all, I'm just taking J to preschool and running some errands today."
Sighing, I reach for my standard "momiform" of long sleeved t-shirt and jeans.
Heading back into the bedroom, I manage to corral the boys and get them dressed and their teeth brushed. (Medal, please.) And we all march downstairs to grab some breakfast before we head out.
I grab the boys some breakfast, then head to the coffeemaker for some long awaited coffee. (Cue the angels singing Hallelujah chorus.)
As I lean against the counter, waiting for the Keurig to do it's thing, my mind drifts back to my new shirt.
It's so lovely. I feel good when I have it on. And when I feel good, I am more confident, more upbeat. I can't wait to wear it.
But when will I have an occasion to show it off? How long will it be before I have a reason to rock that pretty shirt?
Then it hits me.
I COULD WEAR IT TODAY.
Today is my special occasion. Today is my special day.
Today is special because I can spend time with my family and count my many blessings that I certainly don't deserve.
I don't need to have a special date night or drinks with the girls or movie night with my family.
I should wear that shirt today. Today is what I know I have.
What if I save it for tomorrow but tomorrow never comes?
I like that shirt. It makes me feel attractive and that makes me feel confident.
Who doesn't want to feel like that everyday?!
So you know what?
I run upstairs real quick, throw off my t-shirt and put on my nice, new shirt.
On my way through the downstairs foyer, I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and smile. Despite my messy ponytail and no make-up, I feel beautiful.
So that cute purse or those sassy pair of shoes or that trendy new jacket or that elegant scarf that you are waiting to wear for a special occasion, time to take it out and put it on.
Wear those sparkly shoes.
Rock those dangly earrings.
Because today IS that special occasion.