My heart sank a little as my daughter opened up the packages my sister sent her for her 18th birthday.
I made a mental note to come up with a diplomatic way to tell Wendy that, although Lizzy loves the sequined cat ears, I was working on getting Lizzy to wear headbands that are more appropriate for a girl of 18.
Yes at 18 Lizzy has a lot more in common emotionally and intellectually with a four-year-old than girls her age. And yes, she was excited to put the ears on. Bling is her first love.
But she also loves heavy metal music, Transformers, and fashion. She enjoys being a cheerleader at her special needs high school and watching YouTube videos with her brothers.
No, Lizzy is never going to lead a life typical of a girl her age. But wasn’t it my responsibility to help her be a bit more age appropriate? Should I let my 5’ 8” 18-year-old teenager walk around with sequined cat ears? Was I just drawing unwanted attention to my sweet girl?
The other day my husband and I took Lizzy for some blood work. She was wearing a black Old Navy dress and leggings. She also had a headband with bright blue sequined cat ears holding back her long dark curls.
As we sat in the waiting room, an older couple walked in, took one look at my beautiful daughter and smiled. She smiled back. “I love your ears. “
I prompted Lizzy to reply. “Thank you.“ A few minutes later we were called in for her blood test, and she was again given a warm welcome. The technician asked if she would like a cat sticker, and Lizzy happily said yes.
As we were walking out, I told Lizzy that her ears were a big hit. Joe mentioned that yesterday she got a similar very sweet reception from two women postal workers when he took her to the post office.
I was wrong. It turns out that Lizzy and my sister found a great way to show the world who she really is. A very sweet girl who knows she looks darn good in blue sequined cat ears.
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