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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