September 8, 2011
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
I bought this peacock ring on the fashion advice given to me this past weekend by three fashion savvy young ladies who I guessed to be between seven and nine years old. I was up in Flagstaff this weekend enjoying the county fair there, as well as the much cooler temperatures, when I paused at a booth selling, well to be honest, cheap stuff. I can be a sucker for cheap stuff.
At the booth, three little girls were chattering and trying on rings. One of the girls announced she could not wear big rings because they looked funny on her hands. She proved this by putting on a big ring and her two friends agreed. Then she said she liked skulls; she didn't know why but she did, and promptly slipped on a little skull ring. Her friends liked that on her. No one judged her love of skulls. One of the little girls said the color red in a ring "popped on her hand." We agreed. Blue looked especially nice on one of the little girls. There were tons and tons of rings, all shapes and styles, with amazing jewels on them. And the four of us made little gasps of joy as we tried on ring after ring. When I tried on this peacock ring, something I would never ever in a million years ever think to buy much less wear, all the little girls said, "oh you must get that one." I trusted them. It cost me $2. I am doubtful I'll ever actually wear that peacock ring ever again.
I am ruthless about cleaning out my closet and jewelry drawer but there are some items I hold on to, thinking I might one day be able to wear them in public, without feeling as if I am stepping too far out of my comfort zone. I wonder if I was once as confident as those little girls, trying this and trying that, and not worrying too much what other people thought. Maybe this year as I approach my birthday in December, I will discard fears of other people's judgments and put on my peacock ring, my black leggings and my red sequin dress. And have fun.