so that I will remember

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She comes out into the kitchen in the morning in black leggings a touch too small and a black henley shirt a lot too large and my first reaction is puzzlement, then a slight irritation that she chose to be so scruffy this morning. This child LOVES clothes, usually the brighter the better, and the truth is, I love to see cute clothes on my kids every bit as much as I enjoy wearing cute things myself. But somehow the moment moves forward, until a bit later, thinking of errand-running later in the day, I ask her to put on a cuter shirt ‘instead of all that black’. . . .

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