Every Tuesday and Thursday this summer we would attend my son’s T-Ball games. It was a fun time for family to hang out together, play and watch our little one play America’s favorite past time. I noticed one little toddler girl that would wear a pink tutu, a cape, and sparkly shoes most days. It is always cute when little ones pick out their own clothes. It is even cuter if they pick something as interesting as this little girl.
If an adult or even a teenager showed up at the T-Ball game in that attire we’d be wary of them. We’d even think there was something wrong with them. A toddler, on the other hand, can be creative and just be who they are or who they want to be. This little girl is a ballerina superhero. What an awesome thing to be! I wish I could be a ballerina superhero too.
Remember the freedom to play and do what you wanted as a child? People don’t judge you when you are a child. You can go to JCPenny in a Spiderman costume and no one will think twice. If you are a grown adult and went to the store as Spiderman, again we’d be wary and possibly call security. I watched a little boy in a Spiderman costume at JCPenny a few years ago. He was fighting crime right in the men’s section. I remember thinking that was so cute. My own children will dress up in costume and go out into public without batting an eye. I have a strong memory of my oldest son wearing a Buzz Light-year costume and sandals while he rode a pink mermaid bike around the neighborhood. Did he care what people thought? Nope. He was saving the galaxy.
One of my favorite quotes is by Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” I try to remember this when I worry what others think of me. The people who are offended aren’t important to me and those that care about me- accept me for who I am. Of course the quote doesn’t say “dress how you want” but you can apply this quote to my little ballerina superhero friend. She is who she wants to be and that is cool.