September 24, 2012

The Princess

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"It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, 
but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it." 


It was a simple trip to a fast food restaurant, a quick stop before Sky had to be at work. But with the chicken nuggets and the tiny bag of apple slices came a cardboard crown.  Millie reached for it immediately and declared, "Pretty princess!" And though we have never said anything like it to her before, she somehow knew enough of the concept to decide she was royalty.

The rest of that cold, rainy afternoon and evening, she wore it. As it slipped down, she'd push it back up with one hand, reminding me every so often, "Princess." "Yes," I told her, "you are a princess. You look so fancy." She would grin knowingly. The next morning, she bounced out of her room to me, asking, "Pretty princess?" I handed her the worn crown, and she beamed.

It's funny how a cardboard crown, bent and beaten, made her feel so regal. Yet she was, despite the jeans cuffed up 3 times over and the t shirt stained from dinner. And sitting there with the crown on her head, I realized I've seen her that way since the second she was born.

And it was the smallest, sweetest reminder of how, undeserving as I am, God sees me that way, too.

16 kind comments from you:

Jamie said...

Somehow, the princess phenomenon is just born into them :)

Alissa Parkinson said...

Your daughter is so sweet! This post made me tear up a little. :)

Karen said...

I honestly love your blog - your posts are so beautiful and heartfelt.

Fran said...

Every little girl is a princess, but specially someone as cute as Millie :)

____j said...

Such a beautiful little princess :)

ginanorma said...

Oh yes He does!!! You are His beloved, and so is Millie, and Sky..we are more precious than rubies to God (proverbs 3:15).

what a sweet little story!

Dilan Dilir said...

soo pretty!

Sarah said...

Ditto to this. Love your post!

charla beth said...

oh, Erika. this made me tear up. what a beautiful reminder. God is so undeservingly good.

greaterexp said...

Wonderful post, which makes me cry, too. I recently got to go to a formal tea with two dear friends. We dressed up in all our finest old-fashioned, if not truly Victorian, dresses, hats, and gloves. We all felt like royalty for just a little bit. I'm "jeans and sweatshirt" on a daily basis out of practicality, but I felt a little special that day. We never get too old to enjoy feeling like a princess for a moment. I hope all you girls can find a time to grab a friend and do something like that, even if it's in your own kitchen.

It's wonderful to think that we are adopted in God's family, so we really are "royalty."

Millie looks so sweet! I hope she has many, many of those little treasured moments with her mom.

Chantal said...

So precious :)

Jen said...

So sweet!

The New Normal said...

What a beautiful, sweet post! :)

Michelle said...

This is AMAZING.

Justina F. Lee said...

She is so cute!

❈ Annie - Blonde Glambition ❈ said...

This is so sweet...something that would be great to show her when she's older. Your love for her is absolutely beautiful and heartwarming!

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