My Girl, My Teacher

On Friday, my daughter asked me why I don’t wear shorts.

I paused before I answered because I know she is watching what I do, listening to what I say. I do not want my daughter to develop body insecurities like mine. I have tried to hard to do better, to not talk about how much I dislike my body. I’ve tried to be more comfortable, more confident in my skin, even if it’s hard, even if I feel insecure, even if I strongly dislike the way that I look. But shorts? Oh my God. I just can’t bring myself to wear them

, to show my thighs. I just can’t. So, I wear skirts and jeans all summer long.

I took a deep breath.

“I just don’t like shorts very much. I prefer skirts.” was my reply.

She looked at me and said “Mommy, you just need to accept your legs and wear shorts.”

I said “You are absolutely right!” And I bought my first pair of shorts in more than 10 years.

I’ll do anything for that girl.

2 thoughts on “My Girl, My Teacher

  1. Cheryl

    Y – that made me cry as soon as I read what Gabby said. She’s right you know. Just accept your legs! Smart young lady!

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