June 16, 2011

She is Still Me

I am not a soda drinker.  Maybe, I'll drink it like once a month.  But it is very specific.  For example, I love a Shirley Temple if I am eating Mexican food.  It is something I have done since I was a little girl.  I can remember sitting at one of my favorite Mexican food restaurants growing up, with my family, hanging off the side of a booth with a balloon tied to my wrist, asking for extra cherries.  Even though I don't like cherries, I just thought they were pretty.  Some habits never die.  Twenty some years later, I still order Shirley Temples.  Except I've learned to sit properly and I don't have a balloon.
We don't really think about it, or notice, but a part of us is still that little girl we used to be.  When I look back on pictures of myself at one, five, and even thirteen, I wonder who that girl is.  Being young feels like a lifetime ago.  Even though I've grown up and I've changed both on the outside and the inside, I am still her and she is still me.  I am still that little girl who says "Ho hum" after a yawn just like my Father.  I am still that little girl who smiles when she sees a butterfly.  I am still that little girl who falls asleep with the television on.  I am still that little girl who looks up to my big sister, brother, Mom and Dad.  And I am still that little girl who dreams.  
I think it is important to hold onto our innocence, especially in a cruel world.  It is important to always remember who you are and it is even more important to remember, who you were.  For if you ever feel lost, go back to the more simpler times within yourself, and even if it is for just a second, pretend you never grew up.

43 comments:

Natalya's Closet said...

OMG you're adorable, I think I had the same pink dress with tulips when I was little! Great post! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

Amy said...

That's so funny, I used to get Shirley Temples when I went out to eat with my family growing up too. And we always went to Mexican. And I actually loved the cherries. I would always take everyone else's at the table AND ask for extra. Good memories, thanks for reminding me!

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Anonymous said...

I love the pic where you're wearing an Espirit shirt :) pretty sure I used to be obsessed with their clothes! You are too cute and I love your blog!

Dani said...

I LOVE shirley temples, my sister and I always used to get them :) Very cute post I lOVEd it
xoxo

Ash said...

girl...shirley temples ROCK! I'm baffled now when I order them and they ask what kind of liquor I want. Umm...none thanks, I just want to be 6 again :)

Rissy said...

it's posts like this that remind me you are not only physically a beautiful lady, but you are a beautiful writer!

I want to go sit and think about the things I have been and remain since my wee days.

I used to order shirley temples when I was in elementary school, and I thought I was so cool.

I've missed reading your blog...but I'm back! yahhoo

CarissaExplainsItAll

Natbeesfashion said...

You are so cute in that pink dress with the tulips!
x

Anonymous said...

That's so inspirational. Its moments like these that bloggers share with the world that just makes me so glad I've got these cyber friends. Right now my life isnt going so well, and I'm only a freshman in high school. I've lost all my friends and gained some new ones, and I'm the only one in a sea of 15 year olds that think their 25 whose 'never fallen in love'. I've never been kissed, never felt that rush you feel when you're with that special someone. I'm just one girl in a gigantic world. My life is like nothing to this world and even to this universe. But your words are reminding me to think back to the crazy and outgoing little girl I used to be--I can't keep putting that behind me. Why is everyone so ready to grow up? I love being young--and your post is reminding me that while everything may seem bad now, later I'll realize just how good I had it. I am who I am, and it's time I learned to love me. Thanks for your inspiration :)
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Kimberly said...

I love this post - very true...and I don't drink soda either! :)

Amanda said...

That made me smile and appreciate the things that have changed and stayed the same throughout my life. Wonderful post!

Katie said...

I'm almost positive I had that same Espirit sweatshirt..classic! you were so cute girl.

Neris said...

Thank you so much for sharing! You were the cutest little girl ever! Such an inspirational post... I don't think about it often, but after reading your post, I realize I also do bunch of things I used to do when I was a girl... and that's a good thing! :)

xxx,
Fashion Fractions

Laura said...

Slad to hear I'm not the only twenty-something who still orders Shirley Temples!
Love this post because it is so true. When you are little everything is so simple... black and white. As adults we feel the need to make everything so complicated. I often wish I could switch over to my five year old mind for awhile because five year old me would know what to do immediately.

undomestic chica said...

You're adorable! I was a Roy Rogers drinker myself......

Shalyn said...

Gorgeous!!! You were such a cute little girl! :)

Beverly said...

WOW I love this post! Every single word.. thank you Katie. xo

Ryno said...

Aww, thats my girl. LOVE you baby!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

love this post, so sweet! xo jillian

Gentri said...

I completely agree! :) love your cute pictures!!

Nora said...

I needed to hear this- thanks for sharing!:) adorable pics!

Lindsay said...

beautiful post! I love it!!
perfectly said :)

Stevie Leigh said...

That was lovely - a great reminder.

And you were pretty stinkin cute.

Lindsay said...

I LOVE this! Shirley Temples will forever remind me of my childhood. THE BEST EVER!

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

I can relate to this quite often!! I had the most amazing childhood and reminisce over wonderful moments that can never be replaced! The child is always still in us ;)

You were such an adorable little girl!!

Teresa: Life and Style said...

You were such an adorable little girl! I agree with your statements about staying true to simpler times, I love that! Plus growing up is over-rated :)

xo Teresa
www.teresalifeandstyle.blogspot.com

Salina and Olivia said...

This is such a beautiful post. And you're so right, sometimes there's nothing better than just reverting to the innocent way things used to be, no problems to worry about, just doing whatever made us happy.
This is such a nice reminder...
xo
salinaandolivia.blogspot.com

The Webbs said...

very cute blog. you are beautiful!

Megan said...

you were gorgeous, then, and now. oh and i voted for you. love and hugs beauty. xxx

the classy turtle ♥ said...

Thanks for this Katie...I needed it :)

GretchTM said...

Fantastic post! You were an adorable little girl.

Brittany-Trends250 said...

wow. this blog is exactly what i needed today.
"... If you ever feel lost, go back to the more simpler times within yourself, and even if it is for just a second, pretend you never grew up."

Love that & so true.

Amanda said...

So great! And I definately had that ESPRIT sweatshirt too. What fond fashion memories :)

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Gertrude said...

Such cute pictures! And what you said is so so true :)

Anonymous said...

Do you model? You would be perfect!! If you haven't you definitely should! Cute blog and you have great style!

Bailey Schneider said...

So cute <3 I love the pics and I love the fact that in essence we are still little girls with big dreams.
My inner child is often happy when I remind myself of little things.

Have a happy weekend,
Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

Jeannette said...

oh my heck i use to get shirley temples all the time too! it originally was my first love cause my grandma's name was shirley, but its stuck with me and i still order them to this day myself! i had so much fun reading this going back to memory lane, thanks for the awesome post!

Clara said...

I came away from this with one question: why do you not still have a balloon?! :P

Rachael said...

Aww, you were a cute little girl!
Really love your post about reminding yourself now and again when you were little. I do that sometimes too. I was actually more outgoing as a kid, and sometimes I look back and say, 'Where did that outgoing girl go?'. But I know she's in there somewhere.

Nutella said...

Love this post, Kate! I do sign under each word you said.

I'm always being asked by my friends: "Will you ever grow up?". I giggle and say "never" :)

Life was so much easier when we were children. We loved with all our heart because we didn't think that we can get hurt. We climbed the trees, ran as fast as we could because we didn't think that we can fall. As we grow up we start to overthink our every move, we let our fears take over us and become less happy. So, I do think that we should give more freedom to our inner child :)

Kisses,
Natella

Passion for art and fashion

Sarah Williamson said...

I just love your posts! I still feel like there are fragments of my childhood self swimming around inside of me, and I hope that never changes.

-Sarah
www.sarahplanet.com

Danielle Celeste Couture said...

I agree.

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