I love children. Especially toddlers. Their enthusiasm for everything is contagious. And there is something about a little girl that is especially endearing.
Two weeks ago I came across a sale online and couldn't resist buying a cute little summer dress and sparkly pink shoes to match for my two-year-old granddaughter. The dress had pink, orange and raspberry colored spots all over a white background. The shoes were sneaker-like, but covered with pink glitter and with straps that ended in small flowers. Adorable. So when they arrived in the mail I took them down to give to her. And that's when the real fun began.
When I entered her house and told her I had a present for her she squealed with delight. We opened the packaging and she was jumping with excitement - she loves a nice dress! The dress went right over her head and then she opened the shoe box and wanted them put on. Once she was in full regalia, she danced around the living room for the next ten minutes. She twirled, she hopped, she ran, she skipped - she literally danced around, looking at her dress and shoes as she went. She was in heaven. At one point she even brought me her hairbrush, obviously aware that she needed to complete the look with a fresh comb-out. Clearly little girls are just miniature women! It reminds me of the lyrics of a John Mayer song: "Girls become lovers that turn into mothers" - so true!
What could be more fun that giving a little girl a new dress and shoes and seeing her face shine with the excitement of it? I wish I could find something that would have the same effect on my grandsons but so far I haven't. Perhaps if I took them fishing I'd see it when they pulled in their first big catch. Or maybe if I bought them a go cart or some other electronic moving vehicle. But I know for sure a new pair of pants and a pair of loafers would not have the same effect at all. Viva la difference!.