The other night, we were waiting for some fireworks to start in Kemah (a local tourist type destination).
We were sitting on the ground and there was a family sitting behind us.
My kids were exhausted by this point so we were just sitting quietly. With nothing better to do than eavesdrop on the family behind us, I overheard the following conversation:
Woman #1: Listen to this, it’s so funny.
Woman #1 (talking to baby – about 18-24 months): Liza, are you fat or pretty?
Baby: I pretty girl. I not fat girl.
Woman #2: Noooo, Liza is a fat girl.
Baby: No..I not fat! Liza is pretty!
Woman #2: Yes Liza is beautiful, Liza is not fat at all. Pretty pretty girl.
This whole conversation BUGGED me so much.
Yes, let’s teach our tiny children that our beauty is judged by our weight.
Yes, let’s start THAT lesson super early in life.
Yes, let’s tell this child that she better stay slim if she wants to stay pretty because fat people are NOT pretty.
It might have just been innocent conversation. They might be fabulous people. But gosh, I was disgusted.
What do you think? Do you think that that conversation could be damaging to a young girl or am I reading way too much into this?