@hollyhoneychurch When I was in kindergarten, one of my best friends was a little girl with a thick mane of strawberry blond hair. She kept her fingernails long and tapered to a sharp point, always ready to scratch.
I was smaller than most of the other kids, and apparently I seemed to her in need of protecting. She claimed that cats lived in her hair, and that was why she was so strong. (This remains the best résumé I’ve ever received.)
I hope she kept and cultivated that strength.