A Promise to 8th-Grade 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.