A Promise to 8th-Grade Alice

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Dear Alice,

You are absolutely adorable right now. But I want you to know that you’ll probably go through an awkward phase in your early teenage years.

Should you be going through this terribly awkward stage right around the time of your 8th-grade dance – I want you to know that I’ll help you in every way that I can.


I will support you when you want to buy a black velvet dress – not because it fits you well or is flattering – but because that’s what all of your tiny little friends will be wearing.

I will do an at-home perm in just your bangs so that you don’t have to fuss with a curling iron.

When no one asks you to the dance because you’re as big as all of the boys in your class, I’ll talk to one of my friends and work it out so that her son takes you – and you’ll never be the wiser.


When I drive you and your date to the dance (in the minivan), you will get out of the car with all of the confidence in the world – because your father and I have convinced you that you are smart and lovely!

And – I’ll even take it one step further than my mom did – I’ll tackle those eyebrows for you.


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  1. Anna @

    November 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Mom – I'm asking this in the comments because I know YOU will read every single comment.

    Why on earth were our pictures hung so low? Look at them – it's like we're giants!! What was going on with that?

  2. Elle and Lou

    November 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Hey – you're a bit too hard on the eyebrows! I love this post, what a wonderful Mum!

  3. Beth

    November 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    You and I might have been separated at birth. I have a similar crushed velvet dress, curly bangs and wide mile smile dance picture too. I t

    'll have to try to dig mine up. I think WE looked pretty cute though!:)

  4. Linda

    November 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Are you sure you didn't photo shop them lower? I don't know – it looked good in the overall scheme of things. And you looked adorable for that dance. That's when Danny's Dad said that if you two got married your kids would have beautiful hair!!

  5. cherie

    November 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Hey, it built character! Look at the lessons you learned. Moms have to think of these things.

  6. Kate (KnitsInClass)

    November 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Who doesn't have an awkward stage in junior high?? Your 8th grade dance pictures look very similar to mine – same haircut, dress, and brows 🙂

  7. Kerry Rossow

    November 8, 2011 at 3:48 am

    I love this! My 8th grade bangs looked like tumbleweed stuck to my head!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  8. Julie Woods

    November 8, 2011 at 4:09 am

    My 8th grade self would say you looked great! If you could see my 8th grade dance pics, you would know that I would have killed to have hair like yours in 8th grade. But I had the giant poof of bangs, complemented by two teal shoulder poofs on my dress!

  9. Just Jaime

    November 9, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Love this post! Made me smile.

  10. janeb

    November 18, 2011 at 1:24 am

    crying, I'm laughing so hard. thank you!

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