First, I want to talk about "buds." And I'm not referring to flowers. The other day I looked across the room at my 8yo. She was laughing with her friends, her big, toothy smile spread across her face. I gazed at her shirt, noticing it was a bit tight. Then I squinted. I felt my eyebrows go from furrowing to raising into the recesses of my forehead with surprise. And horror.
HELLO? Of course there was the backlash you'd imagine and Discovery Magazine apologized for their article and said it did not intend to promote body shaming but rather to show that every shape is acceptable. Gee, thanks Discovery. Don't you dare plunk my daughter into a category when she doesn't have any idea that "body types" even exist or matter (and they don't!). My tween is happy with her body and has no idea that she should be anything BUT happy.
The day after I noticed The Buds, she came over and stood in front of me while we were watching her sister in a dance class. We were facing the same way and I slid my arms around her shoulders until my hands were resting on her chest. Like I always do. BUT THERE ARE BOOBS THERE. Quickly, I adjusted my hands, setting them on her shoulders instead. I'm sure it didn't even register with her. But I can't unsee them and they're not going away. And I most definitely prefer buds in the form of flowers.