I recently told my 8 year old grand-daughter “Lipstick’s NOT for horses!”
Amazed that’d come out of my mouth, I smiled – she was watching a “My Little Pony” video. Immediately, she argued, “they don’t have lipstick!” She’s learned I love to tease her and her little brother.
But here is why that came to mind . . . in a very few years, she’ll find she wants to become attractive and may give in to some of the pressure from peers – Please read this:
According to a news report, a certain private Catholic school was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom.
That was fine provided it was of a natural or neutral skin tone, but after they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints. Every night the maintenance man would remove them; and the next day the girls would put them back.
Finally, the principal, Sister Mary, decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man.
She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian, who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns from the little princesses). To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, Sister Mary asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.
He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.
There are teachers…… And then there are educators! If Sister Mary ran for office I would vote for her! Don’t mess with nuns; they’re wicked smart!!
Did it stop them from using lipstick at that age? Probably not, but I’ll bet the nuns found other creative ways to address that issue …
Too bad they’re not silent, unseen visitors in the home, and can evaluate what’s being taught by the actions (or inactions) of their parents and siblings! Things have changed a lot since I grew up.