This fall, I have officially raised three daughters into adulthood. Scary, I know. One thing that means is I have thrown a lot of princess parties in twenty-three years. A LOT. We have the pink, glitter, magic wand thing down I tell you.
But there's a princess we introduced our girls to at around nine and eleven that was rather unusual. Not the typical Disney strain. And over the years since then, our girls have learned a lot from Princess Eowyn about standing your ground and learning to fight—like a girl.
I love sparkly things. Whether it’s Dorothy’s shoes from The Wizard of Oz or Tinkerbelle’s wand in Peter Pan, my eyes are drawn to things that glitter and shine.
Have you ever known a person who sparkles? Oh, I’m not talking about her clothes or lip gloss. Some people just seem to have an inner light that shines. Their smiles light up a room, and when you talk to them, you feel warm and happy, as if that person really likes you and thinks you’re special. Those are the ones I call, "sparkly people."
Sun kissed …. Bronzed and beautiful … Tanned and healthy… Long, long ago, these words described the summer tan every young woman wanted. But that was back in the olden days when people churned their own ice cream and kept dinosaurs as pets.
Now through modern technology, we’ve realized a few things. Like ice cream is easy and cheap at the grocery store. Dinosaurs make terrible pets because they eat too much and leave scales on the carpeting. And most importantly, tanned skin is not healthy skin.