...but ultimately, if a girl is
going to be a car chick? She is a car chick at birth. Why are we always
apologizing for it?
Kristin Billerbeck, the creator of fashion-conscious, slightly vain
Ashley Stockingdale, have an incredible memory for all things
ridiculous. If there’s no point in remembering something, it’s stored
away in my brain. I guess that’s why all the numbers had to get lost
—unless they were phone numbers of cute boys from my past. Those are
still there. But if it involves math, nope . . . gone.
So anyway, in my years as a
fiction writer, I have come to discover that the human condition is a
fascinating subject. And people really don’t try to understand one
another, but they do like to discuss what’s wrong with others. Buy too
many shoes? You don’t love Jesus enough. Wear expensive jeans? You’re
not spending enough time in the Word.
While I’m sure some of those things may be true, people are created by
God. In the womb. I have watched my four children grow up, displaying
some of the same perks they had as babies. Yes, we must guide them, but
ultimately, if a girl is going to be a car chick? She is a car chick at
birth. Why are we always apologizing for it? If we’re tithing, giving,
and living within our means, must we explain ourselves to someone who
isn’t remotely tempted by a pair of shoes?
I read a money book that asked
you to go back to your first childhood memory of money. My husband’s
was his grandmother giving him a dollar, then his running down the
hallway to hide it
from everyone. (He’s a saver, and really, truth be told, he’s kind of
cheap, too.) My first memory is my grandfather buying me a special
leather Indian purse in which I put coins. I also remember my
grandfather bribing me with ten dollars to stop sucking my fingers. To
this day, I am obsessed with handbags, and I love getting a paycheck at
the end of a project. So I can buy shoes. And handbags, and continue to
get facials so I will not look old before my time—because I, dear ones,
am a princess by birth.
"Ask Ashley" is a column
about life and what makes people tick. Let’s stick to truths here. Not
how we’d like to see ourselves, but how life is. Got a question about
life? Romance? Fashion? Ask away and I will don my Ashley hat to offer
the best advice to living God’s life well and laughing while we do it!
Life is too short to wear pickle faces, people! Not to mention doing so
will result in the early need for Botox, and really, does one need to
stick botulism into their heads? Vanity does have a price, but that one
is huge! So let’s play. Let’s figure out why people are so weird and
how we can love them despite their freakiness, because that is what
makes the world go around. Seriously, where would reality TV be with
Faith, Froth & A
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