Originally posted March 6, 2014
For years I have chronicled Maddie May’s wacked out style on Facebook to the amusement of my friends and family. I laugh and let her dress herself because she is just a little version of me. You see I went to private school where I wore this:
Every stinking day. To say that I hated it is the understatement of the century. (In an unrelated bit of irony I am looking at putting my kids in private school where they will wear – gasp – uniforms. Trust me, the irony is not lost on mom.) Maddie May gets her style honestly because from the time I could have an opinion, I wanted to make sure I had the stamp of my own style. My mom called me Punky Brewster
(because it was the 80’s) and because Punky’s crazy combinations had nothing on my need to accessorize. I wondered why my parents would not allow me to cut (and dye) my hair like Cindy Lauper
and why they felt the need to TORTURE me with the wretched plaid jumper and the nemesis of my childhood, those blessed knee socks.Maddie May is undoubtedly her own person, she dances to a different beat, cares not what others think of her style, and more than anything wants to be something you just don’t expect. Yesterday, she lived that out in a way that I just can’t quit laughing about. Her outfit posts on FB are legendary among my friends. Here are a few of my favorites:
So what happened yesterday? It is Dr. Seuss week and Wacky Wednesday at school. A day to throw together all of your craziest patterns, mismatched socks, shoes, crazy layers, whatever you got. What did Maddie May wear? A gray and black tee shirt with black leggings and some boots. When I asked why she didn’t want to be wacky…“I don’t like to be wacky; I just like to be me.” Touché Maddie May.
Oh to be as wise as a 4 year old. What if we could stop trying to do and be what everyone expects of us and just BE WHO GOD CREATED US TO BE? I challenge you all to do something unexpected today, to act in a way that catches someone off guard. Not because you are trying to be wacky, but because you are trying to be who you were created to be.