Last week, a friend invited me to a Lemongrass Spa home-product party. “Feel free to bring your girls, too,” she said. In the end, that sold me.
I would say this has been the best summer of my life as a mother of girls. Both my daughters are at ages that allow me to peek into how things might be someday; to a time when we will enjoy one another as friends. As girley-girls, they both enjoy time at coffee and tea houses (not to mention the mall), as well as nail-polish and hair-curling sessions. To them, it’s about more than the tea or the mall or wherever the destination of choice happens to be. It’s about taking time out of the ordinary, changing up the scenery, and enjoying some girl time.
Around this time last year, I thought I’d lost my older daughter emotionally. Things were shifting and I felt the deep division of childhood turning to adolescence. I know we’ll still have our moments, but for now, there seems to be a growing respect between us that helps make the more divisive moments feel less weighty.
My younger daughter is at a super age. She hasn’t yet found it necessary to disassociate with me in any sort of dramatic way, and right now, she’s probably my favorite errand pal. We enjoy our one-on-one time and experience very little friction when we’re together. I feel blessed to spend time with her — it’s light and fun.
I wasn’t sure they’d enjoy our Lemongrass night, but they really seemed to. We had the chance to sniff all sorts of delicious fragrances and scents, massage our fingers, hands and feet, and listen to the happy banter of the women and children all around us. We’d arrived at the party after a busy day filled with many details, and left feeling softer and lighter, not to mention smelling great.
But beyond all that, I realized as I sat there with my daughters how very lucky I am to be their mother, and knowing that, so long as God grants me a long life, this is just the start of many spa sorts of moments with them.
Q4U: If you’re a mother of girls, what’s your favorite girl activity to do with your daughters? If not, what’s your favorite girl activity to do with your girlfriends, sisters or other special females in your life?