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Twinkle Toes


Last Thursday night I left work tired and brain dead as usual, looking forward to relaxing in the chair at my favorite nails/pedicure place. After selecting a shade of deep purple polish, I slipped my feet into the soft perfumed water, flipped the switch for back massage and reclined, preparing to shut my eyes and enjoy. 

A young girl was seated in the chair next to me, waiting on her mom who was in the back getting her eyebrows waxed.  The little girl looked at me hopefully, and I thought to myself  "Oh crap, she wants to visit."  Normally I'd feel more social, but I was tired and out of sorts, and really just wanted to melt into my chair. 

The little girl glanced up at the cartoon playing on the big flat-screen tv in front of us, and then looked at me, and said in a quiet voice "I don't care very much for that show."  That was a rather mature comment for one so small, so I asked her why.  "They are rude to each other" she said, and I agreed with her.  That seems to be a common trend in kids cartoons nowdays, obnoxious kids who are not only rude to each other but to adults as well.  I told her that I didn't care much for it either. 

I commented on the long pretty braid that held her curly hair neatly.  "Do you braid your hair everyday?" I asked.

"No", she said very seriously, "My Grandma does. I can't do it myself, I am only five years old." 

By now I was smiling.  She introduced me to her doll, and I asked if she had a name.  She looked at me like I was from another planet and said "It's Dora"!  Well duh, of course, Dora the Explorer... I remember now!  She pointed out that Dora was dressed as a ballerina, and that she wanted to be one someday too. 

I commented on how pretty she looked, dressed just like Dora in a fluffy ruffled skirt and pink leotard. I told her I thought she would make a lovely ballerina.  She smiled, then did a couple spins for me, arms poised gracefully above her head. 

I noted how much I loved her colorful, sparkly tennis shoes that lit up with each step.  Something I hadn't seen before.  "Those are very cool... I wish they had them in my size!" I said.  This is where most kids today would respond with a look of horror and come back with something obvious like "Your feet are too big".  But not this sweet little girl...

She looked up at me with a beaming smile and said "Oh, but you can get some!  If you go to the store at the mall they have sizes for children and bigger ones for grown ups on the other side. You could buy a pair of shoes just like these!" 

Just then her Mom reappeared, collecting the little girl whose name I never found out, with Dora the ballerina in tow, and off they went, but not before she turned back to me and waved goodbye.

A little girl with a kind heart and a desire to be friendly made all the difference in this old woman's day. She helped me reconnect with my smile, and you know... I just might have to hunt for a pair of those sparkly shoes! :-)

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  1. What a lovely story about a lovely little girl. I wish there were more like her around.

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    1. So do I Robin, well-mannered children seem few and far between nowdays. She was just delightful!

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  2. I hope you listen to the little girl and get the shoes!

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    1. I love fun thing to wear, a shopping trip is in order!

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  3. Okay, Josie Two Shoes, go get those shoes. I dare you. ;-)

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    1. No dare needed, Annie, if I can find them for fat feet they will definitely be mine! :-)

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  4. I'm not back in action yet but just wanted to visit with some of my blogging friends - and what a great post I've fallen upon! I absolutely loved reading this! I'm smiling right now as I read this... children can be so wonderful - and your writing was so vivid that it brought her to life!

    It's good to read something from you - I hope you're doing well :)

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    1. Hi Lady! Delighted to see you stopping by! You would have loved this little girl so sweet and eager for a bit of conversation! I'm doing fine here... Monday survived! :-)

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  5. I suppose that we'll call you 'Four shoes' pretty soon...

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    1. Ha! That made me smile Shimon! :-) If you looked in my closet you would see that I don't have many more than that. I am not a shoe collector, wearing one pair at a time until they fall apart, but these definitely are special. I love bright colorful things!

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  6. Don't you just love it when you meet a kid like that!

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    1. I sure do Kellie, she was the perfect bright ending to a long, stressful day. It is so refreshing to encounter children who have retained their natural innocence and joy, a rarity nowdays! I don't know how long it's been since I saw a little girl carrying a doll along with her!

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  7. You need to stop writing these stories ... it is too early in the morning for tears, even tears of joy. You are so good with words and I love this little girl. I hope she is able to keep that kind demeanor throughout her life. That was a sweet little blessing ... I am happy for you. And, let me know if you find the shoes :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. It was indeed a sweet story, Andrea, and a very sweet little girl! Though if I was her mother I probably would not have left her sitting out front alone talking to strangers! Blessings come in all shapes and sizes, and she certainly ended my day on a brighter note!

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  8. I wish that encounter was more normal, but now-a-days, either the parents have wisely warned them against talking to strangers, or the kids are carrying concealed sticks and know how to use them.

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    1. So very true, Lotta Joy. It was refreshing to find that innocence still exists in our harsh ol' world!

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  9. What a beautiful story Josie -- and so true. Sometimes, when feeling tired, all it takes is the wonder of childlike eyes to remind us of our own smiles and the beauty all around.

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    1. Life takes us so far from the years of childhood, Louise. It was indeed a lovely reminder to be kind to one another and to experience the simple joys around us. Visiting with her was a humbling experience. I am so glad she made the first move and took the time to say hello!

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    1. It was the best ending possible to my grumpy day, Susan! I couldn't make-up a story that heart-touching. For her to be so polite and sweet means that someone is modelling that behavior at home.. yay for parenting! :-)

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  11. That is beautiful. P.S. did you get the shoes? :)

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    1. Thanks Linda, it was a lovely ending to my day. I haven't had a chance to go out looking for the shoes yet, but I will surely be on the lookout for them when I visit the mall!

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  12. Hi Josie. I've fallen so far on my blog reading and I'm now having to play catch up. That's just like me, always late to the party.LOL.

    This was a beautiful post and the little girls seemed so adorable.
    The power that children have to make everything seem better, is amazing.

    Sometimes there are days that I'm determined to be grouchy but then Spawn will say something which will have me in fits of laughter.

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