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My 8-year-old is VERY perceptive. She’s also … very blunt. (Wonder where she gets that from, hmm.)
In any case, there’s two different observations that she makes: (1) “mom you must be kinda tired/sleepy”, (2) “mom you must be kinda sick/not feeling very well”.
#1 is when she notices that I’m putting on a little more under-eye concealer, or that my face just looks a little more … puffy, or that I’m slurring words or switching consonants a bit (I was a BAD stutterer as a little girl, and it comes back when I’m tired/fatigued/out of sorts), or …that I’m just not as much of a #spazgirl as normal. Ok, fair enough.
But then there’s #2.
#2 is when I get dressed just a little nicer than the norm. Just a little more fancy, with just a little more … care and attention to detail. Mb it’s a more statement-y statement necklace, mb it’s a more dazzlingly neon jacket on top of a black dress instead of the usual primary-colored one I was gna wear. But it’s … something extra.
I can literally put on a whole new layer of “feeling good”, to counteract sickness, stress, and even personal and family tragedy.
And the crazy thing is, it WORKS.
And the even crazier thing is, my daughter notices these kinds of subtle accents.
And she’s eight.1