Sunday, March 25, 2007

A Father's Love

Some of you know that Katie (3) has a fetish for cutting hair. She has cut her own on three different occasions. The last time she was punished, because she was well aware that she was not allowed to play with scissors, and she snuck up to our bedroom to use the scissors from my desk up there.
Last week Katie decided to try her skills on Naomi. I was nursing the baby mid-afternoon, and Naomi came to my chair and babbled something at me. It took a couple repeats to get "Katie" and "hair" out of her stream of words. It was then that I noticed a hank of hair missing from the top of her head. There was some still attached in the rubber band holding her bangs back. By the time I recovered all of it, it was a pretty good handfull. Meanwhile, Katie was no where to be found.
When she finally surfaced, I asked her what happened to Naomi's hair. She hung her head, avoided eye contact, then her face brightened and she announced to me "Colton did it!" with a big smile on her face. Colton was asleep in the living room. Little Miss Katie not only received a spanking for cutting hair, but especially for lying. She was not a happy little girl, and seemed very remorseful.
When Daddy got home from work, he took Katie to the living room and talked to her about what happened. The first thing out of her mouth was, "Colton did it!". Here we go again! She and Daddy had a long talk about lying, how Jesus doesn't like it, etc., and of course she got another spanking. Ah , the lessons a 3 year old needs to learn (and relearn, and relearn...).
The damage to Naomi's hair really was minimal. She got a chunk at the top of her head, behind where we normally pull it back, so it barely shows. We did get her pictures taken the next day, just in case.
Aren't we blessed to have a Heavenly Father who forgives us time after time when we fall short of His expectations?

" not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction." Proverbs 3:11

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