Last week, I went to get a haircut at a new salon with a new stylist. The appointment was well-timed, for we had just received some difficult news and I needed some time to relax. (An aside: there are few things as relaxing to me as having someone else wash my hair, especially since my hair is unusually thick and, as a mom of two littles, I spend a good amount of time washing two little humans’ heads along with my own.)
Anyway, as my new stylist was getting to know me, I told him about how timely this appointment was because of the nature of the week I had been having. I told him about the difficult news we had received, and that it was related to my daughter’s strong-willed behavioral challenges.
His response? “Well, one day she might rule the world.”
Oh, how I needed that. Often, when I’m in the trenches of parenting a strong-willed child, I’m met with well-meaning pieces of advice or expressions of sympathy, which all have their places and for which I am grateful.
However, his comment reminded me that her strong will is a gift and God can and will do mighty things through her. His perspective breathed life into me in a moment when I needed a reminder of God’s wisdom and presence in the midst of difficulty.
So, as we continue to navigate the often murky waters of parenting a terribly terrific toddler, I’m holding fast to this: though she be but little, she is fierce, and one day she might rule the world. And I’ll be cheering her on every step of the way.