Eat, Pray, Love-Little B style.

Yes, I’m currently reading this but that phrase fits amply with the photo of the little muffin above.

My little B (not so little anymore, she’s 95 lbs and steadily creeping upwards towards her mother in height (not a huge feat, since I’m slightly exaggerating when I claim to be a whopping 5’4″) and she’s only 8 1/2, is the epitome of a happy person who has really got her inner self in a great spot.  Sure, she has her days sometimes and I get frustrated too, but this kid has figured out something at an early age it’s taken me until age 34 to learn- HAVE FUN!  While reading “Eat, Pray, Love”, I realized that although I strive daily to appreciate all that I have in my life and how blessed I am, my girl tends to do that without even being aware of it.  I’m not sure how to help her hang onto this and God help the person who bitters up that old soul in a spirited youthful body!  She asked me about this book this morning, after having seen it lying around.  When I told her about it, her eyes lit up.  I think she’ll be the one to travel all over when she gets a bit older.  Hopefully she lets me tag along!  

In my late teens and twenties, I, like Elizabeth Gilbert, was always entwined in one or another relationship with a male.  Always some drama, always an attachment.  Does anyone have any ideas how to encourage my daughter to develop her sense of self and to be strong enough to not “need” a man in her life?  I was pretty independent, but I can barely think of a time when I wasn’t somewhat involved with someone on some level, however superficial.  For right now, she’s pretty in love with this one male:

Then again, so am I.  

Another thing, for those of you who don’t know B (this just came to me, because I’m so curious, I’d be just dying to know!  😉  ), do you wonder what her name really is?  Did you figure out it starts with a B?  Did you wager a guess?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liz
    May 28, 2008 @ 11:54:51

    I have pre-school aged boys, not a tween girl, so I don’t know how good I’ll be at that advice thing. But I will say that a regular reminder from you of how great it was when it was just the two of you (i.e. with NO MAN) won’t hurt. I think girls need to be reminded that men don’t make them special, they themselves are what is special.

    As for her name…I am curious! Bethany? Bailey? Beatrix? 🙂


  2. singleworkingmommy
    May 30, 2008 @ 18:49:39

    For some reason I thought her name was Barrett. I have no clue why. Did you say it once or something?

    I’m not sure I’d have any advice either. Although, I was the opposite–until SD, I was rarely, if ever, involved in a relationship with a man. For the most part I felt fine about it–but sometimes I ached for companionship. Although I think that was mostly because all my *friends* were in relationships and I was not. Otherwise I think I would’ve been perfectly fine, for the most part. I suspect some people were starting think I might have been a lesbian or something. Ha.


  3. Leslie
    Jun 05, 2008 @ 09:47:52

    It always makes me think of “Junie B” like the books 🙂 She looks like a Beth or Becca maybe!

    I hope she keeps that spirit too! I think she will, the relationship you two have built will definitely make a difference – she’ll always have someone to share her young adult life with and not *need* a boyfriend all the time to be that person.


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