11.17.2015

Story Behind the Pic: November




I have the two best jobs in the world.

First, is this one--I occasionally get paid to write about my longest and favorite hobby: beauty. I work so hard on it and I hope it shows.

Second, is my day job--I take care of two little girls, 6 years and 20 months. They are a handful and couldn't be more different. I work so hard taking care of them and I hope it shows.

Today's Story Behind the Pic is a little different--it's not actually a picture of a moment or an event, but of a drawing:

In case you can't tell, this is a picture of yours truly as drawn by the 6 year old. #nofilter ;)

Can we talk about my elongated neck, for a sec? And my black eyes smokey eyes? And the hair? I love it all, especially the rainbow. My fridge is decorated with her drawings from over the years.

"I made this for you. It's you," she said after wheeling over to the art table and handing the drawing to me. She's currently in a full-leg cast and uses a wheelchair (or grownups) until her broken leg heals.

It couldn't have come at a better time--she handed me this the day after my friend died. While she is aware of death, she didn't know of my latest loss.

It made me smile, but what she said next, really struck me:

"That's rain at the top. If you want a rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

A common sentiment I've heard before, but in that moment, it really got to me. All of this "rain," all of these bad things happening this year to me, these losses and more, mean a rainbow is coming soon.

I can't wait.

Extra Elle:


53 comments:

  1. That's incredibly sweet! My son is always doing things like that too. The drawings and the words of wisdom.

    I'm sorry for your loss, Elle. *hugs*

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  2. that is so sweet :) The little girl's words are worth million bucks...sorry for your loss...Rainbow is surely coming soon :)

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  3. Kids are just the very best. They can always find a way to bring light to our days without knowing it! Xo

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  4. This is so sweet! Kids always have the best words of wisdom!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  5. This is so sweet! You are making such a positive impression in these girl's lives and they will always remember you for it.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  6. Out of the mouths of babes... so insightful without even knowing it

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  7. i love how kids draw people lol it always makes me giggle
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  8. What a sweet picture and some very wise words!!! Love this link up, Elle!!!

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  9. Such a sweet picture and story! Thanks for hosting this linkup. I love it!

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  10. Such a sweet picture, and I love all your snaps during the day of those 2 cuties <3

    Green Fashionista

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  11. love this story and the sweet picture! amazing what kids can do even when they don't realize all the craziness going on. always put a smile on my face!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  12. That is the best quote ever - I am 100% going to be start using it!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  13. Such a sweet picture and love that it boosted you up when you need it. :)

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  14. SO sweet! It definitely shows how much you care about those little girls and how much they care about you! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  15. I love this. Kids are so sweet and can be so articulate when just saying the truth.

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  16. That is awesome. Out of the mouth of babes! What a special picture!

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  17. This is so, so sweet! A rainbow is definitely coming <3

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  18. Love this! What a sweet and thoughtful girl. Lol, love the long neck, too!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  19. How sweet. It's so amazing that little kids have so much wisdom! I love this quote and it's so true!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  20. This made me a bit teary eyed. I'm sorry for your loss. The innocence and open-eyed wonder of young age sometimes has more profound wisdom than the wearied and heavy-lidded traveler.

    xo
    Love this! I switch over to ultra-rich creams and Vaseline at night during wintertime. Especially because I like to ski!
    xo
    Style Tomes
    Style Tomes on Instagram

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  21. Super cute Elle, those are definitively two great jobs! :)

    Xo Ally

    www.allysoninwonderland.com

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  22. The picture is so sweet- the words she said though are what is truly amazing. Kids just have a way of speaking the truth.

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  23. The picture is so sweet- the words she said though are what is truly amazing. Kids just have a way of speaking the truth.

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  24. Awww, how cute AND true- you gotta get through the rain to get the rainbow, that's for sure. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  25. How incredibly sweet! Made me tear up to have such sweet words come from such a young person!

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  26. Out of the mouth of babes. What a lucky girl you (and they) are!

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  27. Kids always know what to say and do to make you feel better!

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  28. That is so adorable! So sweet she said just what you needed to hear. <3

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  29. Aww...that's so sweet, Elle. Thank you for sharing that story!

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  30. What a sweet story! Kids say the cutest things.

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  31. That is so so sweet! and she really said the perfect thing at the perfect time.

    xo,
    Angela

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  32. What a wise little 6 year old. I bet that's just what you needed to hear at the time.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  33. What a very insightful girl! You have to have the good with the bad.

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  34. Awwwwww... how stinking cute is she?! And SMART!
    And you... you've never looked more beautiful! lololololol ;P

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  35. It's amazing how kids can hit on the truth :)

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  36. I really love this. And I needed that reminder today, too!

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  37. Oh what a sweet story Elle. She is one very smart and sweet girl. Hope she heals soon. I am sorry about the rain (your friend) again.

    I finally remembered to linkup with my post today. Did you read the story behind it? And thanks so much for liking my hats. ;-)

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  38. This is a beautiful story. Its amazing some of the grown up things kids say. I'm sure she had no idea how much she was helping you that day but that picture made all the difference <3

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  39. That was so touchy, dear Elle, really so sweet and children are always so honest and wise, adults sometimes don't allow them to express themselves well. But you allow, and then this fantastic piece of sweetness and wisdom was revealed - really, I could cry now, no joke. After rain, yes, there must come some good.
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  40. That picture is cute & it's sweet what she said about the rainbow & the rain.
    http://therantingsofadramaqueensmum.blogpspot.com

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  41. What a sweet little girl. Kids are amazing sometimes, aren't they? It's like they know right when you need something to make you smile.

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  42. That is one wise little girl. And so sweet!

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  43. Kids just know how to warm our hearts. I love that she gave you a "smoky eye." (; These kids look up to you so much!

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  44. That story was so sweet. Children can have such perspective and clarity that us grownups lose due to the complexity of our lives. I'm glad that you have people in your life like this dear child to remind you that there will be rainbows to brighten our lives.

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  45. Oh my goodness, this is the cutest story!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  46. How sweet, and that little girl sounds wise beyond her years. I hope some rainbows are coming your way soon Elle!

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  47. Oh the sweetness of children. I'm so glad she was able to bring a little sunshine (or a rainbow more specifically) to your day. *hugs*

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