When I saw this print by FunnelCloud Studio, I immediately thought of you. This kind of advice from a mother may seem trite at first glance. But darling, this is how you look when you wake up every morning:
This will not change.
Ever. (As long as you keep your curly locks).
This I know because I have had curly hair my entire life. It took me more than 20 years to embrace it. And a few more to love it. And, some days, I must confess, we still have an adversarial relationship.
You are fortunate because your mama knows just how to comb your hair so it doesn’t hurt. Which gentle, natural products to use to keep you tangle free and shiny. I know how you should be trimmed and cut. When you are older, I will straighten it for you as a treat on occasion. I was an oddity in my home growing up and no one quite knew what to do with the giant frizzball atop my head. I wore a lot of ponytails. And had more than one terrible, awful haircut.
But my dear, as you may already know, this isn’t really about hair.
My prayer for you is that you will embrace the gifts (and idiosyncrasies) that God has given you. That it will not take you 20 years to love something about yourself. That you will learn that even the most difficult aspects of who you are can be beautiful–even if they need a bit of refinement. I pray that you love your flaws–and see them as part of your character and identity, not as something that is broken or wrong. Of course, we are all born broken in some way, my child, but are made whole through the eyes of Christ. Keep your faith in Him and it will help you to see yourself just as he does, and how I always will: Imperfectly perfect. Just as you were meant to be.
So do not conform to the standards of our world my love. What you have been given is yours for a purpose.
Embrace messy hair. Messy family. Messy life. Messy you.
I love you forever and just as you are my tangly, curly, vibrant girl.
Continue reading through this incredible circle of mothers and daughters. Next, is a letter by a brilliant lifestyle photographer on the other side of the world. Her poignant words and images will captivate you: Kirsty Larmour | Abu Dhabi Photographer