How happy am I when one of my nieces has a birthday? A GIRL! I get to go to the pink aisles and look at the Hannah Montana clothes and the Mary-Kate and Ashley lip gloss (well, I do that one just for me) and the High School Musical dolls and the purses that look like fluffy white kitties and the little green, giraffe print purses and did I mention the PINK? So, yea, I like shopping for the nieces. Not that I’m not completely thrilled that I get to go to a sports store today to purchase something called UNDER ARMOR for my son who has been asking for it nonstop since Christmas but doesn’t quite have enough gift money to purchase it on his own. Because I am thrilled about that. There’s nothing better than the smell of clothing that will eventually be worn on a basketball court. Nothing except maybe LIP GLOSS and HANNAH MONTANA CLOTHES.
So Abby was the recent excuse for my foray into the girl aisles. And oh I was happy about that green, giraffe-print purse. Abby loves green. And, come on, giraffe print. But I also picked up this jewelry-making kit that seemed fun in which you can spell out all the things you love and strap it to your wrist like a mantra.
A couple days later, Abby walked into my house with this. A bracelet just for me that says – if you can’t read the picture or the caption – “sing a sweet song”. Which is not only the best thank-you card ever and the strongest proof that I did well with the gift-choosing (she was carrying the green print purse as well) but also the sweetest little compliment ever that she thinks I am capable of and/or enjoy a sweet song – because yes I do. And sweet nieces. And lip gloss. And PINK.