High heels and slow lives

Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

Before I had a baby, getting dressed up, doing my hair and slicking on make up was a regular event. Nights out drinking and dancing with friends and visits to restaurants with family all meant I had an opportunity to doll up… Partly as a mask of confidence and partly because it’s fun.

Having Miss Rose changed that and now my evenings are spent at home. I don’t begrudge this even a tiny amount, but at the same time I have missed chances to get dressed up and crack out the fancy shoes I have stashed beneath trainers, pumps and slippers. Now the make up that comes out is the concealer I use to hide the bags under my eyes, and the mascara I wear because I look piggy eyed without it. My dressing up opportunities are playgroup, and whilst I make the most of these chances, theres only so far you can go without looking like an idiot and still being able to chase around after a wayward toddler hell bent on tipping over everything in her path.

This evening I got to wear the heels. My wonderful friend Imelda’s Mum and her partner had their engagement party and, being intrinsically child friendly, had it at a time that meant we could attend with Miss Rose, before her bed time.

My dear husband, beautiful daughter, and I don’t scrub up bad… If I do say so myself. That said my dear, somewhat daft, husband did point out that Imelda’s Mum always looks beautiful and elegant whereas it takes a special occasion for me to pull something approximating that off. But I decided to let that one slide as he did say I looked good!

Miss Rose not only looked beautiful but she behaved like a dream. She and Imelda chased dogs round, played with balloons, and got doted on by Imelda’s adorable big brother. She giggled and laughed, smiled and waved. Everybody admired her and I felt so proud.

Evenings out are rare but even if I only get one night out a year I hope it’s for something as lovely as this one. The celebration of two gorgeous people in love and a wonderful family I feel honoured to know is worth more than twenty nights out dancing. I do hope for more evenings out… Some even without Miss Rose… But who am I kidding… The spangly heels may look good but my slippers are so much more comfortable. I might save those for VERY special occasions.

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Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!

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