Like seeds in damp soil, the real work is always done obscurely and without notice.
Our girls are the most vibrant, beautiful souls, but they are also very free spirited.
They do not have that innate understanding of social conventions that many other children might.
They are quite comfortable too talk freely and express themselves, and they have a keen and honest awareness of their own emotions and the emotions of others.
They have the freedom and lack of self consciousness and fear that restricts them or their imaginations and I am in awe of their creativity and energy.
Yet still, I am sometimes overcome by the pressures of external expectations.
I think the time has simply come for me to fully embrace our choices and our way of life and not fear or take account of the "conventional" view on these things.
Why should hair always have to be perfectly brushed and socks match anyway ?