We have referred to both of our daughters as princesses. Each one for different reasons but nevertheless, we have treated them with value. As Christ followers we believe we are children of The King so it has always made sense.
In the past year or so it seems en vogue to separate our daughters from the pressure of being a princess.
Perhaps it is the notion that all princesses are pampered, airheaded nitwits or or flat out entitled brats.
Maybe it's just semantics.
Both of my daughters have redefined princess for me.
She has been wounded by gossip and shunned by those who choose whose pride won't allow them to see uniqueness as beauty.
The younger princess is brave and patient and stronger than any human being I know. Her disarming laugh and snaggletoothed grin softens the most painful of days. She wasn't supposed to live to be nine and at the age of 14, she doesn't seem to be leaving this earth anytime soon.
She has survived ignorance of the well educated and does not know how to hate, even those who disregard her value and her legacy.
My princesses slay dragons that most never face. My oldest knows compassion, my youngest is the recipient of her kindness.
Together we've learned to find the best in others, to use our blessings in lifting the burdens of others. We choose to stand firm defending what is right.
When Ray showed me this video, tears covered my face. It is full of the hope I want to young woman to know. The beauty of being strong and kind and brave is among the most lovely traits we can hope for our daughter or the wives of our sons.
This is not new and I'm not sure why I haven't seen it yet but I can't tell you how much I love it. (Don't watch it yet, I'm still talking and I don't want you to get distracted.) They apparently did a series of these couple of years ago.
To me the video is new, the sentiment is what we live everyday.