Recently my 7 year old came home from school boasting about how some little boy in her class was so smitten with her because she has brains and she’s pretty. To which I quickly replied, “pretty is as pretty does baby” and she had that same puzzled look on her face that I did at her age. So I continued telling her that although beauty and brains are great attributes to have that real beauty goes much deeper than that. Now I realize that fully grasping this concept is a bit much for a 7 year old, even a (beautiful) brainy one like mine, but I think it’s important to instill this reality into our young ladies.
I’m blessed to have been given 4 beautiful, intelligent children, but it’s always been important to me that they have a kind and humble heart and that they understand the importance of giving of themselves to others. I’ve been more interested in building their core than their ego. I do tell them how beautiful they are, but I can honestly say that I’m not simply talking about the vision I’m talking about the whole kit and caboodle. So as much as I’ve always said I never want to sound like my mother I have to admit, every now and then I hear her lessons come through my voice. I’m thankful for how she kept me grounded and although my exterior may or may not be attractive to those who see me for the first time, those who KNOW me KNOW I’m beautiful inside and out proving that pretty really is as pretty does. I only hope my babies grow up understanding that lesson.
Guest Post: Eleese Bohannon Scott is an Operations Manager for a national non-profit, but her most fulfilling work comes from her career at Scott Household, Inc. where she is CEO, CFO, CMP & HMIC. Duties include but are not limited to the daily oversight and well being for the lives of her four stupendous children as well as the maintenance of the ongoing complicated partnership with Scott Household’s CIO. Her special interests include creative writing, traveling and spending quality time with friends and family.