Black shiny shoes and a floppy purple hat



When my daughter posted this picture today of my granddaughter, my first reaction was this huge smile, followed by out-loud laughter, and then of course the missing her. I made some quip about someone having dressed herself again. I’ll be the first to admit that I feel somewhat obligated to match and dress seasonally appropriate and somewhat stylish (at least enough not to embarrass my children).

This precious image stayed in my head as I put away the left-overs and took a shower. She had obviously dressed herself and was sauntering along outside, looking very content with her choices. Oh, the innocence of children!

It made me wonder. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all be so nonchalant about how we look? What if we were confident to choose what we wear with reckless abandon, never a thought about what others opinions may be and no wondering if we are committing a major fashion fax pas?

My mom used to refer to the poem “Warning”, by Jenny Joseph, more widely known as, “When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple”. She would say, “When I get old, I’m going to do, say, wear whatever I want”. My mom didn’t get the chance although she was never swayed by public opinion and said pretty much whatever she wanted to.

My mom went to heaven at a mere 49 years old. I think if she had something to say on the topic she would most definitely say that her great granddaughter, Ayda, has it all figured out.

It’s okay to wear black patent shiny shoes, sans socks and tights, with a Disney dress and a floppy purple Easter hat, and strut like you own the world while you’re doing it!


  1. She’s adorable! God bless!

  2. Sherron Cooper says:

    She is so beautiful! Hope she always remembers that she has the freedom to be just what she wants to be!

  3. I LOVE it! And I love her! What a sweet little girl – and yes so full of pride and self-confidence as she struts her stuff! I think we should follow her lead…what do you say? My arm may be in a sling, but I bet I could jazz it up! I am wearing red today! 🙂

    • I’m so glad you liked and took time to tell me, Patty! Yes, she is something else!! I’m trying to “let go” a little more, but I admit, it’s tough….all that “proper-ness” (is that a word?) bred deep into this southern girl 🙂 But yes, let’s be ourselves and celebrate our own styles….I’m barefoot and in a grey shift, sans makeup at the moment (oh yeah, but i haven’t left the house yet)

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