Womens Center for Change
Mum's Little Secrets
"Every little girl has a crush. I remember waking up for school and combing my hair, trying to look my best, so the boy I liked would notice me. My friends and I would sit and giggle at the boys on the climbing frame, as the mum’s sat and gossiped on a bench.
One Sunday morning before we went to the local playground I was getting ready and my mum was beckoning me to hurry up. I darted into her room and put on her deep red lipstick that she wore when my Dad got home from work.
I rushed down stairs with the lipstick smeared over my mouth.
Seeing my ‘new look’, my mum shut the front door slowly and said, “Now, where do you think your going?”
She took my hand and sat me down, wiping the explosion of red I had sponged on my face. I then turned the same shade as the lipstick; admitting that all I wanted was to do was impress a boy. Then she said something I never forgot.
“If you wear lipstick you’ll get a pimple on your nose! Then do you think he will notice you? .... But most of all, he should like you just the way you are”.
In the end, it turned out that my little crush liked me too, without lipstick. Now I have two beautiful girls of my own and my school crush and me are happily married."