Doyin Richards was on paternity leave when his wife was rushing off to work and fretted about not having time to do their daughter’s hair. He told her to leave it to him, and decided her skepticism required some photographic evidence of his capability.
The picture went viral.
Yahoo news quoted him on what he feels is the real importance of that photo:
“Don’t get me wrong here — it’s a very cute picture, and it’s cool when people say so. However, I start to get a little uncomfortable when people want to start planning parade routes for me because of it. Somewhere there’s a dad doing the exact same thing for his daughters. Somewhere there’s a dad who put his foot down with his boss and refused to attend an ‘urgent staff meeting’ so he could leave work early to attend his daughter’s dance recital. Somewhere there’s a single dad successfully getting his three sons ready for school.”
That quote reminds me of the way I did it when my kids were young. I’d get to the office early in order to be home for dinner every night. Evening meetings or trips out of town were few and far between.
For any moms and dads who may be reading this, take it from me: brushing your kids’ hair is a great way to get to know them more, just like sitting down to dinner together or making time to play their make-believe games with them.
The Father Who Knows Every Hair On Every Kid’s Head
The article not only reminded me of how I tried to make time with my kids a priority, but also of another Father who knows every hair there ever was. As Jesus assured his followers:
… even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (Matthew 10:30.)
Now I did a lot of brushing and combing of my kids’ hair over the years, but I never once came close to being able to say I knew how many hairs they had. Yet God knows every single hair on every single one of our heads.
Our heavenly Father knows us better than we know our own children, even better than we know our own selves. (Psalm 139.) For some people that is a comforting truth, and for others it is a horrifying thought.
This dad takes comfort in it. (Isaiah 49:13.) You?