I’m going to avoid taking the natural bait of “why would a little boy be calling a little girl who, ostensibly, looks like him… ‘ugly?'”
I mean, I’m going to try.
A beautiful little girl was caught on camera with her Mommy having a discussion about how her day went at school, and, well… she slayed. In ways that many of us wish we could slay at the drop of a hat.
Hearing her retell the story, it hurts a little to hear her pause at admitting to being called ‘ugly.’ However, her animated personality, and the way she bounces back when she recounts sonning him in grand fashion. What a treasure it is to have a little girl who isn’t deterred by someone telling her what she isn’t – she knows who and what she is, what she’s here to do, and how little of a damn some outsider’s opinion matters at the end of the day.
“A little boy said I look ugly,” the little one told her mother.
“And, what did you say?”
“I said, ‘I didn’t come here to make a fashion statement! I came here to learn, not look pretty!’ And the little boy said I look bad, and I said, ‘Did you look in the mirror lately? Bye bye, see you later, you’re making me mad!'”
Yes to self-assured little girls. Even more yes to realizing we need to raise our little boys to not spend so much time focusing on how girls look.
How can we raise all of our little girls to be this self-assured? Hell, how can we make ourselves this quick-witted and self-assured?