I was at a family-friends 42nd birthday party. Like most family oriented adult parties, there were small children. One child in particular caught my eye; she looked just like me when I was about six. My family is very diverse; I think she’s Asian and Jamaican. She started sharing and going around painting peoples finger nails with a Disney princess nail polish made just for children. I don’t paint my nails or let anyone else for that matter.
After a while people started saying no thanks to getting a 30 second manicure. She looked really sad. I was next in line for her to ask and with the biggest smile, I said yes, and she yelled in surprise with a huge smile. She painted my right hand pinky first then went on down until she got to my left hands pinky. I died of laughter inside when i noticed she put one swipe of polish on each nail. The bottle was so small; about an inch in radius. My hands are a lot bigger than hers and I suggested doing it again so they’d get coated and she did.
I’m 21 and from experience I was expecting that nasty, pungent, nose hair burning smell from the nail polish. When she opened it, It was not the smell I expected. The polish smelled like bubble gum; like Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum. Then I thought to myself, “do children try eating this? It smells so good.”
Later, a 12-year-old cousin of mine said he didn’t want to get his nails painted but I reassured him it would come off sooner than expected. He eventually agreed to get them painted. The little girl was ecstatic.
After about ten minutes, everyone started dancing, and I asked the little girl to dance with my cousin and I. She gladly accepted our invite and started getting down, she had moves like Beyonce at the 2013 Super Bowl. We all laughed at how adorable and how much of a great dancer she is. After about 30 minutes of dancing, my older cousins and I started playing Black Jack, and I noticed the nail polish started peeling off. I told my younger cousin who got his nails painted that mine was coming off so he started picking at his.
I saw the little girls reaction to us picking at our nails, it saddened me a bit so I stopped, and invited her to play cards with us. I think she was about four or five years old and couldn’t count cards but she did a great job in trying. I noticed her putting on Disney princess lip gloss and she asked if I’d like some. It took a lot out of me to say yes when I wanted to say no; my heart could’n’t do it. I remembered when a family member told me, ” I don’t give a damn how old a child is, when they hand you a phone and they say “hello? it’s for you”, and you damn well it’s not real, you fucking answer that phone!” So, I told her I’d put it on myself, I puckered up and faked putting it on, swirling it around my lips really fast without touching, smacked my lips and said, “Wow, where’d you get this?” she simply giggled with a huge mischievous grin on her face. I realized how ahead of her age she is, she’s so full of courage, and is very bright.
I noticed her putting all her princess cosmetics in a tiny duffle bag, it was really little, like five inches long. I asked what she was doing and she said, “I’m putting my makeup in my makeup bag.” I looked at my cousin how Jim Halpert from The Office looks into the camera. I laughed so hard. I asked the little girl, “Who is your most favorite princess?” Assuming she knew I was referring to Disney since she had all these Disney products. Without hesitation she replied, “Princess Diana.”
I looked around the room wondering if anyone heard what she said. I thought to myself, Princess Diana has been deceased for years, way before this little girl was born, how does she know who she is? My eyes started to sweat, I wanted to hold back my tears, but I couldn’t seem to process and accept what I heard. I smiled so hard and sucked my tears up. I could swear, this has been the most inspiring thing I’ve ever heard a child say. I’m inspired by her in the sense of doing what you do best and loving it.
She’s the cutest thing. <3