I had the following telephone conversation with my mother, Wendy, this afternoon:
ME: Hi Mom! I totally channeled my "inner Wendy" today.
MOM: Oh! What did you buy? *she totally gets that "inner Wendy" thing*
ME: Well, I was at the store and I saw these beautiful sandals loaded with beads and jewels. So I just bought them!
MOM: Well good! Do you know why you bought those sandals, Debbie?
ME: No. *smiling, because I know whatever's coming is going to be good*
MOM: You bought those sandals because God loves you and He wants you to be happy.
MOM: Now you listen to me. You are a daughter of God, right?
ME: Yes maam!
MOM: That's right. You're a daughter of God and He wants you to be happy. You're happy when you feel and look good, right?
MOM: And if you feel and look good on the outside, you're going to feel good on the inside. And if you feel good on the inside, you're going to be kind and loving to His other children. I see it all the time. I see little old women, younger than me (she's 90, by the way), walking around with no make-up on and their hair all straggly. They look so sad and I think, "Well heck, if they throw some lipstick on and drag a brush through their hair, they might feel better about themselves!" So you just wear those shiny shoes with pride knowing that you're a daughter of Heavenly Father and He expects you to look good and BE good. That's what I think, kiddo!
ME: *holding back tears* I will. I promise. (I'll never look at shoe shopping the same again....)