It comes as no surprise that Ayay loves ANYTHING bejeweled. You’ll often find her twirling around the house wearing shimmery beads, fake diamond encrusted tiaras, glittery dresses, bespangled fairy wings and, of course, pink sparkly flower earrings.
“Look, mama. Those are so pretty! I love them. I absolutely LOVE them!” she says as we walk by a display of jewelry in a department store.
“Mama, get this dress. It’s so sparkly and has diamonds on the top!” she tells me as she runs her hands along a purple and pink sequined dress.
“This is my favorite piggy bank because there are diamonds on the piggy’s head,” she explains to me as she caresses the diamonds on the piggy bank.
Perhaps her love for the bejeweled has gone a little too far.
“I want diamonds for my teeth,” she said to F one day. “I’ve seen people with diamonds on their teeth. They’re pretty.”
“What does she mean she wants diamonds for her teeth?” I asked F.
“She wants a grill,” F explained. “That’s it. No more music videos and no, you don’t need diamonds on your teeth.”
“I agree with your dad,” I said. “And don’t try to ask Nana Joy because even she won’t let you have diamonds for your teeth.”