Jessie posted the most Fancy Hannah-rific shoes on her blog. The Monkey would have adored them! And, yet, I can tell you quite honestly, I NEVER would have purchased them for her. I would have insisted she have something far more practical as she gazed longingly at the beautiful sparkly slippers. I have such a horrible, crushing pain in my chest acknowledging this. Why would I not allow my child to have something so simple that would bring her such pleasure and joy?
I confess, I too have learned from losing my Monkey. Life is short. Sometimes, life is TOO short. We won't have an opportunity to go back and live it over again. The time we have is NOW! As such, if Lil likes the sparkly shoes, I go ahead and buy them. What does it hurt? I know there is a fine line between indulgence and spoiling a child, and I'm trying to tread it carefully. I certainly don't advocate giving a child every toy, gadget, piece of clothing, etc. they may want, but instances such as shoes, when you are going to buy them anyway, why not?
Maybe I'm just justifying spoiling Lily. Or, maybe I have learned a lesson about living life more fully. I don't know.