The Divine Ms. R.

I’ve mentioned Riley’s lack of false modesty here before. If you give her a compliment, her usual response is to agree with you.

You: “You are so cute!”

Her: “I know.” (We’ve worked on a simple thank you being a nice response).


You: “Your hair looks so cool!”

Her: “I have to admit, it does.”

If you didn’t know her, it might sound like conceit but it really isn’t.

She does not think she is better than anyone else. She thinks everyoneΒ is as fabulous as she is. Someone could be butt ugly, and she would not notice it and would find something to praise in them. Someone could act like a total jackass, and she would defend them with, “It’s not their fault.” She knows people act out when they are hurting.

What if every compliment given were accepted? What if we didn’t deflect them? What if we all gave people the benefit of the doubt?

What if we all loved ourselves so much, we could hold only love and appreciation and compassion for others, and nothing else?

My baby turned 12 yesterday. And she is beautiful. Just ask her.

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7 Responses to The Divine Ms. R.

  1. Carrie Link says:

    TWELVE??? I remember when she was FIVE!!! How did this happen? She is beautiful, no doubt about it, in every way that counts and in those that don’t!

  2. amber says:

    Well she IS. πŸ™‚ I agree.

    This remindes me of that old country song, “It’s hard to be humble.” Tongue in cheek, but so awesome.

    “Oh lord, its hard to be humble
    when your perfect in every way.
    I can’t stand to look in the mirror
    ’cause I get better lookin’ each day!
    To know me is to love me.
    I must be one hellll of a man!
    Oh Lord, its hard to be humble…
    But I’m doin’ the best that I can!

    Hey. She’s just doin’ the best that she can.


  3. Dee Ready says:

    Dear Michelle, these words about Riley delighted me! She’s a winner among all the winners we all are–each unique in our own ways. And that song! I’d never before heard it. Thank you. You’re beautiful, dammit!


  4. Tanya Savko says:

    12!!! I can’t believe it! Sending lots of love for the birthday girl.

  5. Oh how I wish to be in that place…. I have so far to go!!!! So much to learn from the birthday girl – thanks for passing the lesson on!!!

  6. Alicia D says:

    happy birthday to your wonderfully confident daughter! that is an amazing feat to, at 12, be so sure of herself. I wish all us girls/women could be a little more like that! πŸ™‚

  7. kario says:

    Hope her birthday was all that she hoped for!

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