The Princess And Miss P

IMG_0860My granddaughter Peyton is probably one of the most confident little girls I know. She is seven and her favorite thing to be is a girl. She loves to wear dresses and when they play she is always the mother. She loves to laugh.  She really isn’t afraid to do anything and most things she does she is very good at. Sometimes she sets the bar kind of low I think because she wants to be a Walmart worker when she grows up due to those scanners they use. I always laugh when she is dreaming of that and her mother looks at me in disbelief. This is the same person that had aspirations to be the successor to Barbra Mandrel with a beater from my mixer as a microphone when she was about that age. I know where Peyton gets her ideas from. Like the old saying goes—the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

IMG_0393Sometimes she models for us and sometimes she sings.

100_0717But her favorite thing in the world is to be a princess.

Every year in the thumb where we live a little town called Sebewaing has a Sugar Festival. Just before school let out papers were sent home with the kids for a prince and princess contest. This was right up Peyton’s alley . If you entered the contest you got to dress up,get your hair and nails done, and ride on a float in the parade. She was so excited and told me her greatest wish was to ride on that float. I was so glad when I found out that the little girls could ride on a float even if they didn’t win. She could cross that off her very extensive bucket list right along with getting her ears pierced and that cat purse she had to have.

Her parents had a talk with her about how to act on stage and what to do when the winner was announced and so did I. I wanted her to be prepared when she didn’t win.

“Peyton you know the most important thing in this contest is to have fun and be a good girl on stage,right?”

“Oh I know Nana,Mom told me I couldn’t run around and to  clap when they say who the winner is if it isn’t me. I really just want to ride on that float.”

“Well, that is good Honey  you probably won’t win because you are one of the youngest ones up there. If you don’t I want you to be nice and say congratulations to the winner and not cry because you will always be my princess no matter what.”

I thought that would be the end of it.

A few days later we were at her big sisters ball game and she came up to me all excited.

“Nana, I was just talking to that lady over there (she was a parent of one of Brooke’s kindergarteners) and I told her I was going to be in the princess contest and guess what,she told me she was gonna pray that I win.!”

My shackles immediately went up because Peyton has such a strong faith in God for a seven year old. She is the only one of the grandkids that will tell me she loves God first then me.

“Peyton that does not mean that you are going to win.Don’t you think that other little girls have people praying that they will win? God answers all prayers but there can only be one winner and He might say no to it being you. Remember how you kept praying for Grandpa Perkie to come back from heaven? God heard you,He just couldn’t give you that desire even though you wanted it so bad.”

I left that ball game thinking that woman needed her head examined saying that to a little girl and really wishing that Peyton was not a part of this princess thing. I started conjuring Toddlers and Tiaras in my head and Miss P being so disappointed because she didn’t win. I guess that imagination Peyton has comes from me too.

The night of the contest was I have to admit something I will never forget. We had so much fun with all of the kids. I forgot what a festival looks like in the eyes of little ones. We walked the midway and put the grandkids on rides.My face as well as theirs hurt from smiling. As we sat there watching our girl on stage I looked at Brooke and I choked at how proud she was as Peyton walked up on that stage with her Daddy. It didn’t matter if she won or not. There we were a family in all of our glory clapping for a little girl that just wanted to ride on a float. That family that I am so thankful for and that loves me as much as I love them. I thought of how I would have felt being that little girl with her daddy walking her in front of all those people. He loved his girls just like that and even though I never got that chance with him I have seen my girls escorted by a daddy that loves them and now my granddaughter too. The little girl in me now knows even though my dad isn’t on earth he is proud of this family that my children have created. That gives me peace.

Princess Peyton 001 I learned another lesson that night. Sometimes a little girl does get the desire of her heart.parade 

So some day if you happen to be in Walmart and you see a girl with a tiara on her head using her scanner with a big smile on her face know she really is a princess. She is Sugar Royalty but most important to me she is Peyton my little believer.




16 thoughts on “The Princess And Miss P

  1. She seems like a proper little diva, in the best possible way. Somehow I doubt she will be destined for a life of scanning shopping but what ever she does, I hope she holds on to that gorgeous smile.

    • Thanks for saying that because I of course think she is destined to great things also. Regardless of what her lot n life is she will do it with gusto and I can’t wait to see what it is! Blessings my Friend.

    • You are right. This was one of those teachable moments for me and for Peyton too. I need to tell her to be thankful now and I never really thought of it because now that it is over she is on to the next thing and doesn’t even talk about it. This is more food for thought, thank you.

  2. Oh man Liz!! You had me choking up and smiling so big! This was one of the greatest stories ever! Can you imagine how this moment will stay engrained in that sweet little head of hers. She will remember this forever and will probably go down as one of her best memories! She’s not even mine but I’m so happy for her!!

    • I am sure this will be one of her greatest memories. You should have seen her on that float. She looked like a statue she sat so tall and still with that beauty queen wave.

  3. Aw! You made me cry happy tears! She is a perfect little princess. Who knows? Maybe she’ll grow up and fall for a slightly younger man and end up marrying William and Kate’s boy and then she really WILL be a princess and I will say, “I remember when her grandma wrote about her!” 🙂

  4. Peyton deserved to win she is the sweetest little girl in Sebewaing that was entered in the contest and has a very special place in her Aunt Linda and Uncle Gregs heart. I love all my grandchildren and I would be proud to claim Peyton as one of mine if I could I know you must be very proud of her sis! She is a little Princess even without the crown.

  5. That’s so beautiful! Of course you were right in your explanation to Peyton about her prayers, but how sweet that God saw fit to grant this one the way she prayed it! I’m sure she will have many other times when her little heart feels broken and she just can’t understand why God won’t grant her request, but hopefully she’ll look back on this and remember how much He loves her whether He gives her what SHE wants or not! And how truly precious that she has a daddy who demonstrates the Father’s love to her!

    • Those little girls can be so much fun. This one has more confidence than most and she needs a filter on her mouth sometimes but I wouldn’t trade her for the world. Her daddy loves her to pieces that is for sure.

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