My two year old had decided that today she was not going to nap. Now I get that some two-year-olds don’t need a nap and I can assure you that my daughter Verity is not one of them. If she has no nap– by 5 pm we are all begging God for bedtime. It’s one continuous meltdown.
I know this. So I did my best keeping her on her bed, even tried laying with her…Mrs. Nice Mommy and Mrs. Not-So-Nice Mommy couldn’t get it done until finally we were off to the afternoon swim practices.
Secretly, I dreaded swim today. I knew Verity would probably have no less than half a dozen temper tantrums and I wasn’t looking forward to the drama.
Twenty minutes into her sibling’s practice, she discovered the water fountain. She tried valiantly to reach it while holding the button but to no avail. I watched her turn about and scan the lay of the land. I nearly saw the light bulb go off above her sweaty head.
Wearing some tacky, awful, completely touristy hibiscus baseball cap which I have NO IDEA where it came from and a sweet sundress, she ran towards a deck chair.
This little bundle of brilliance tried for a solid 15 minutes to push, pull, drag, carry, and kick the deck chair towards the water fountain. Her bull-headedness was absolutely unreal.
I watched in awe. I knew how exhausted she was. I knew how thirsty she was. She wasn’t whining or complaining that she couldn’t reach the water fountain. She was fixing the problem with more patience and dogged determination than most full grown adults. I was so proud of her I had to let a few other moms in on the spectacle.
I get asked all the time if I have any strong-willed children. I almost want to ask if there is any other kind. Truthfully, I have no less than half a dozen, but I’ll tell you that Little Verity is shaping up to be the toughest nut of them all. God help me. Rare and beautiful… because all that strength can be forged into a powerful weapon in the arsenal of our Father.
And I absolutely love it.
You see, all that strength, strong will, and sass will come in handy one day.
She will absolutely never settle for no.
Never give up.
Never stop looking for answers and even if she has to push, pull, drag, carry, and kick the ever-lovin’ muffin out of life, she will not be denied the desires of her heart.
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My prayer is for all of you exhausted, mentally tired mommas who deal with these kinds of kiddos day in and day out, that you will look for the beauty in the strength your child is gifted with and ask the Lord who created them to give you wisdom beyond measure to raise them.
Because make no mistake, they will shake the planet one day.