We have some hairy legs in our family (and this is written about those legs with their owner’s permission:). Elle and I not so much, but my three little girls have had some good little furry coats covering their legs through the years. So when Grace was ten-years-old she decided it was time to shave her legs.
I don’t remember the details, but I’m pretty sure I must have absent-mindedly brushed off her request, telling her she was much too young and who cares if her legs were hairy. Because come on, ten? Let’s stay young and put off that hassle as long as we can! But that little determined girl of mine didn’t take no for an answer (a pattern that would become more prominent in the future…that is one determined girl) and took matters into her own hands.
I wrote about the result back HERE.
Needless to say we had some pretty great follow-up conversations and learned a lot from that little incident. This stuff girls worry about needs to be talked through with a mother who will actually listen instead of brushing off, so I’ve gotten a lot better through the years.
I don’t know if that leg shaving episode was one of the seeds for more communication in our family or if it just comes with having a whole slew of girls, or if Grace’s personality is just so open that things come up all the time (I really do love that), but we discuss things a lot more now that we have a bunch of girls in the midst of the whole maturation mumbo-jumbo around here.
Well, Claire is now twelve and has made it through with her hairy legs just fine. She’s a little slower to want to grow up than Elle and Grace were. She turned 12 in January and has never once said anything about wanting to wear make-up (my older girls were dying to wear mascara by then so that was the age we started allowing it).
But Claire finally decided (with Grace’s help cajoling her) that the time has come to get some smooth legs. Let’s get out the razors!
Grace was pretty delighted to be assigned as the teacher this time around.
And as you can see, Claire was pretty excited too.
They worked on those suckers for quite a while…
And they came out triumphant.
So far so good, no major chunks of skin taken out and some pretty smooth legs have emerged that can finally see the light of day 🙂 Ha!
It’s kinda nice to have a second mother around to help shape us up around here.