Her smile is radiant
Me: “Maren, what do you want to be for Halloween this year?”
Maren: “Hmmm. Somefing with animals I fink.”
Me: “Like an actual animal? Or a veterinarian? Or a cowgirl?”
Maren: “Yes! A veterinarian.”
The next morning, Maren burst into tears. “Mom! What if all my friends are in pretty dresses and I’m in a vet outfit?! Everyone will make fun of me.”
Me: “What? Just, what? No one will make fun of you! It’s a great idea to be a vet. You love animals.”
Maren: “But I really want to wear a pretty dress.”
Me: “Um, well, what if I promise to help you make a fancy veterinarian costume? It can be a dress, and I promise it will be beautiful because you are beautiful.”
Me: “If I make you a vet costume, though, you have to wear it. No changing your mind if your friends are all princesses, okay?”
So that was me on Wednesday morning last week. I committed to making a fancy, beautiful veterinarian costume. Sheesh. No time for cancer woe: forced Halloween creativity is upon us.
I was actually thrilled that Maren wanted to be a veterinarian. Princesses have their place and all, but I was excited for her to identify an interest that spoke to her strengths and personality. A veterinarian, unlike royalty, is an attainable aspiration… and Maren’s stuffed animals are covered with bandages and bandaids as a testimony to her passion for curing them of their ailments. I have an uncle and a cousin who are veterinarians, and another cousin who works with animals, and there are several animal lovers sprinkled through our family. Our month in Australia allowed Maren and Greta to experience living with a dog for the first time, and they were both smitten by the end of the trip.
So, behold: My fancy beautiful veterinarian!
I love her smile; she’s radiant.
The dress is a cheap nurse’s costume I got a costume store. I ironed-on (and stitched) the letters and the puppy. The idea for a cape came from my history nerd brain: nurses and female medical professionals in the early 1900s often wore capes as part of their uniform. Interestingly, capes were in fashion among the well-to-do at that time, so the choice of capes by nurses was indicative of their desire to be taken seriously in a male-dominated culture. I’m good at sewing very basic squares and rectangles, so sewing a two-sided cape with paw prints on it wasn’t too much of a stretch.
But, will you look at her face? I love this girl to the moon and back and am so privileged to be able to delight her so.