4. Put the mark of parental care upon their head.
Have you ever noticed the little boy with clothes that are two sizes too big, and in need of a haircut? Or the little girl that is quiet, sullen with stringy hair? So has their neighborhood predator. Predators of all kinds seek out the weak, frail and unprotected.
There are some things children just can’t do for themselves. They can’t cut their own hair (not that they don’t often try). They can’t go shopping for new clothes or shoes. Many can’t run their own bath water. These are things a caring parent does. Most of us do it without thinking. But, if we become busy, or distracted, little things can fall through the cracks–like a haircut.
Picture a little girl with long blonde hair that has tangles in the back from her pillow, and a trace of her breakfast on her cheek. Her shoes are untied and her top doesn’t match her pants. Now picture the same little girl with her hair in pigtails with ribbons that match her little blouse and her shoes are tied.
Which one, do you think was dressed by a caring adult? Which one do you think would be more likely to go unnoticed if something was wrong?
Most often it’s the little things that send big messages.