I’m not beautiful Mummy

I was looking for a jig saw puzzle for my six year old daughter last week as a gift.

She is into princesses.

In the village toyshop and bookshop I found lots of puzzles with long blonde-haired and blue-eyed princesses but very few dark-skinned brunette princesses.  And none with afros.

It got me thinking.

When I called her beautiful recently she looked up with her wide innocent eyes and said ‘I’m not beautiful mummy, I haven’t got long blonde hair’.

I felt a trickle of fear run up my spine.