Headsize and Hearts
When Jackson was still in utero, my doctor looked at my husband’s head, turned to me, and said, “Didn’t your momma never tell you never to marry a big headed man? Now you will have to bear his children.” Oops! I had a list of 100 things I wanted in a spouse, but head size never factored in. Tim and his dad are always searching for the perfect old time baseball hat. It’s difficult because their heads are larger than the average man.
When my sweet baby boy was born, the circumference of his head was 15-1/4 inches. The nursing staff of Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas, could not refrain from saying, “Whew wee girl, this is the biggest newborn’s head we’ve ever measured.”
As he grew, he struggled to sit up because his head continued to be significantly bigger than his little body. He didn’t walk until he was 18 months old. It was difficult to learn with such little feet and a head he had not grown in to. He would wabble up to the piano bench, sit there and bang on the keys. Every time he played, he literally fell off the bench backwards. If it had not been for all the bruises on his head, it would have been funny. Sadly, it was actually hilarious and we would laugh just a little. Is that wrong?
As time has gone on, he has compensated for his head’s largeness. However, he does run like a car whose alignment is off. He is five years old, and his siblings have always made comments about his head. When his mouth would turn down, I would say, “No worries. God was just making room for your large, smart brain.” That frown would take a U-turn up.
Now that he is in kindergarten with other children, he has, in a practical way, explained to the other children why his head is so big. This theory was effective until his little friend told him that saying he had big brain was bragging. Now he had a dilemma. He couldn’t just have a big head for no reason.
“Oh, Mom, I know now why I have a big head!” he announced with confidence one day.
“Why?” I eagerly asked.
“Because I have a big heart.” It’s true; he does.
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. ” Proverbs 23:7