My girls had an early dismissal from school yesterday so I surprised them with a date at the salon to get their nails painted. They (the eldest mostly) have been hounding me to take them for months.
I was surprised to learn that many of their friends had been before. Salon manicures at 6 or 7 or 8 years old? Honestly, it seemed indulgent but on a deeper level I thought about how the lives and activities of children are becoming more and more adult. The separation between child and adult is shrinking. I'm not sure this is a good thing. Our kids are growing up so fast and in many ways we're facilitating that.
In the end I decided I was reading too much into it. That this was fun and girlie and maybe I should turn off my brain and stop analyzing everything so much. What do you think? Harmless fun? Or something else.
We did have a good time. A good time together. It was a great shared experience. The girls thanked me over and over and showed their nails to everyone they saw. They were thrilled. So right now, at this moment that is what I'm taking away from the experience. And that feels just right.