As Equestrian Girl quickly closes in on her first year of being in teen, she's failing to go through that horribly awkward year or two that most of us girls find ourselves in with pimples on our face, hair that is always greasy and stringy (or too curly and frizzy), and braces on our teeth. She's one of the lucky ones. She's also finding that everyone thinks she is much older than she is...including teen boys.
Walking down the sidewalk at an outdoor mall the other day more than just a few young men were oogling her. I wanted to hang a sign around my neck with an arrow pointing at my daughter saying, "SHE IS ONLY 12!!!" While I am pushing my son out the door to be more independent and learn to be "street smart" I'm afraid to let our more mature daughter do the same...unless I could dress her in baggy sweats of the homeless woman variety. Unfortunately, along with her beauty comes a great sense of fashion. She LIKES to dress pretty.