Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hair today, gone tomorrow.

Last weekend, we met a crossroads. And this was a big one. Should Sweet Pea get her hair cut?

SP started growing her hair eight short years ago. From day number one she has had fast growing hair. Almost every day of her life has found her with a braid, pony tail, pig tails or a snarly hairstack. Lately, her hair has preferred the snarly hairstack most of the time. Most mornings the hairbrush would hide itself for fear of another 'boot camp workout' through SP's tangled jungle. These hair brush excursions through the brier patch were also not very fun for SP. This was one reason that SP was talking more and more about a new do.
The other reason encouraging her was that a couple years ago her cousin, Spice, with long hair had donated her hair to Locks of Love. SP was all excited about this.

So SP was all ready to chop it off.

I was ready to give up arm cramps from brushing for thirty minutes each morning.

Number One Son was ready to stop listening to SP scream every time I caught a knot in the hair brush.

One member of the household, however, was struggling with SP's decision.

Eight years ago, Lady Di had given birth to a beautiful baby girl. Her beautiful baby girl has had beautiful long tresses for many of those years. Her beautiful hair has held countless pony tail holders, barrettes, hair bands, ribbons, tiaras, combs, flags, flowers, curlers and many other accessories and accoutrement.

This was from one of our many wacky hair days at school.

Over the last eight years, SP's hair has been an important part of her. And Lady Di wasn't sure if she wanted to let her beautiful baby girl go just yet.
But in the end, we finally wore LD down and she made the appointment.

LD and SP took a trip downtown to Rocco Altobelli and made an afternoon of it. SP was very excited and was telling everyone she saw that her hair was going to Locks of Love today. When she sat down in the chair, LD's beautician Michelle, started brushing SP's hair.

"Oh my goodness", she exclaimed. "This hair is to die for!" Then she called all of the other girls in the salon over to show them SP's hair. They all then took turns running their fingers through SP's thick luxurious hair. Commenting on her natural highlights and waves and how perfect it was for Locks of Love. "I think there is enough here for two braids!", her stylist stated.

She braided two twelve inch long cords of SP locks and 'one', 'two' snips and they were gone.
I don't think SP shed a tear, but LD's eyes leaked a little salt water that day.

The stylist did a good job on SP's new short do. Much better than this haircut. And SP was all smiles too.

When she got home she couldn't wait to show everyone. She acted just like the shampoo models on commercials by shaking her head side to side to let her hair fan out. Then she would bend her head back and slowly run her fingers through her now shorter luxurious hair.
In the end, everyone loves SP's new look. We still have our beautiful baby girl. I have had to make one adjustment though. Now when I have to find SP in crowded group of kids, I can no longer find her by looking for the child with the pretty, long hair. I have to look for the slightly more grown up looking, short hair of my still beautiful daughter. The daughter I'm proud of for generously donating one of her prized processions to make life better for someone else's daughter going through a tough time.

For now, we are all enjoying SP's new look, but I know it won't be too long before the hair brush goes on strike again.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Guess what? Answers!

The results are in. Time to grade your papers. Let's go through the answers to last week's quiz together. Everyone pass your paper to your neighbor to the left and use a red pencil to correct the quiz answers. If you need to refresh your memory of the questions, just scroll to the last post.

The answer to #1 is of course, Chicken Butt.

This was a popular question when I was in school. Chicken Butt was always the smark aleck answer to 'Guess what?' Now I use it to teach the kids not to start every conversation with 'Guess what?' It hasn't worked. In fact, I think I just taught them to be smart alecks as they now purposely say 'Guess what?' just to hear me say Chicken Butt.

The answer to #2 is, Cow Pie.

I don't know where this answer comes from but it just sounds fun.

Lastly, #3's answer is, In Your Hair.

I have heard these three answers to these three questions ever since grade school. Now that everyone knows, please use them liberally.
Questions 4 and 5 were pretty easy. I hope everyone knows Red sky at night, sailor's delight, and How now brown cow.
Questions 6 and 7 may have been a little more difficult. These questions came from one of my college classmates who always quoted these sayings whenever we did some college 'celebrating'. Whiskey to beer, never fear. Beer to whiskey, pretty risky. Both are good rules to follow when overindulgence is to be practiced. However, we usually used them after the fact on the following morning to explain why some friends had worse hangovers than others.
Numbers 8,9 and 10 come straight from the grade school playground. I'm sure everyone knows what to do when you 'Miss me' twice. Now it's time to pucker up. And everyone has threatened to stick a needle in their eye to prove their honesty. But I hadn't heard of #10 until our kids were in school.
The answer to Made ya look, made ya look... is, 'now you're in the baby book!'
I just think this taunt sounds cool.
Of the last two questions, one is old school, one is new school.
Number One Son's first grade class went through a phase where all the kids wanted to make you say the word, 'What'. Once someone said the unutterable word, they had 60 seconds to get someone else to say 'What'. So what happens to you if you don't get rid of the word? Endless mock and ridicule until you use your Dad power to reverse the game into 'Whoever says 'What' wins.
The final question is also a trick to get someone to say 'Underwear'. This trick never gets old. I have played this trick on friends, family, co-workers and strangers at the mall. The joke probably won't work in Victoria's Secret, however, and it might actually get you a visit from mall security.
So you can all heave a sigh of relief, the quiz is over. Please pass your papers back to the right and hand them in. I grade on a curve and am open to bribes of most varieties.
Thank you to all who participated and left comments. Thirteen comments is the most I've ever had for a post. I know a few of the comment were my own but that still counts doesn't it?
Now I will have to gather more questions for the next quiz. Keep your minds as sharp as your number 2 pencils, because you never know when the next pop quiz will be.

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I'm a 40 year old dad of two. My wonderful wife, Lady Di, and I try to keep the kids from blowing things up here in central Minnesota.