Do you like my ‘new’ shoes? Fancy, aren’t they?!
One of the biggest gifts that I’ve received as a mom is learning to see the perfection in imperfectness. These shoes being an example.
There was a time in my life I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing these shoes!! But today they were the BEST pair of shoes I’ve ever owned!
What made them so perfect today? My 3 year old. She found them in the back of my closet- they were suppose to have been thrown out, but apparently I didn’t get around to it. The soles were separated from the main part of the shoes and the bottoms were all worn out. No saving these…or so I thought!
Never underestimate the determination of a pre-schooler on a mission with a pair of scissors, duct tape, and shoes. There is no ‘NO’ in this youth’s vocabulary when she’s focused on her goal. She was unflappable in her resolution to have her mom wear this fine example feminine footwear.
Duct tape applied I thought, “Oh hell no, I’m not wearing those in public!”
(Yes, I really do have thoughts like this, sometimes even in regard to my children’s art work.)
Fortunately the look of love in my daughter’s eyes as she excitedly squealed,
“Look Mommy, they’re so beauuuutifulllll!!! Do you LOVE these?! I made them just for you! Their boo boo is all better, it’s like a band-aid!”
How do you say no to that? The answer is you don’t!
You begin to see that what is initially perceived as imperfect is perfection shining through.
You wear the shoes. And relish the beauty of the moment. You bask in the joy that’s in your child’s eyes every time you see her gaze at your feet.
You realize that perfection really is attainable when you adjust your definition of it. And it can be quite a wonderful experience.
So today I leave you with the image of my ugly, broken imperfect shoes that, for a brief moment, were made absolutely perfect with a little love and some cupcake duct tape.
Because everything is made better with cupcakes, love, and duct tape!