Today is Curly Cook’s birthday and she wanted to do something special!
She decided to cut her hair!!!
Her hair is actually pretty long. It is even longer than GingerSnap’s hair but because of the curl, you wouldn’t know this. Curly Cook just FELT that she needed a change. So I prayed about it too and I got the same feeling. The haircutting day was decided to be on her birthday!
We slept in a bit this morning. No homeschool on birthdays! And after a fun morning of eating breakfast crepes and opening presents from our family, she patiently waited for her haircut while watching “High School Musical #1,” so I could get my spiritual batteries filled. But nothing could have prepare me for the shock she experienced after I cut her hair.
I cut her hair dry, so at first she loved it!! But as I looked closer at it, it was just one big mushroom bloom on top of her head. I had to layer her hair and help shape the curls. Once water was applied and the curls were shaped, tears started to flow. It wasn’t what she had expected and my heart broke for her.
I remembered getting my first perm. I hated it!! The smell and the bouncy, permanence of my hair made me cringe. But after a few days I LOVED my hair! So I chose to have hope and faith that she too will see the good in this. . . or at least have the patience to wait for it to grow.
We had a lunch date with Paul, so the tears had to come to an end, but she insisted that I put her hair up into pigtails. I did my best and we left home, not giving siblings enough time to really see what had happened to her hair.
After a fun lunch with Dad, she was in much better spirits! She even treated herself to a new pair of shoes and asked if she could play with the neighbors when she got home.
Then, after about an hour of playing, she came home for a brief moment and we saw this. . . SMILES!! 😄
Her hair was out of its pigtails and her siblings immediately showered her with compliments of
“You actually don’t look that bad!”
“I thought you weren’t going to look good but you really do!”
We we’re all so worried that Curly Cook wasn’t going to like her new haircut, and she was worried we weren’t going to like her decision. But we all did!! Isn’t life funny?!?!
But her hair is super cute! And she is going to get used to it. I don’t know why she needed it cut, other than her having the opportunity to taste a bit of reality that life isn’t about what we expect it to be, but more living in each moment and making the most of it! But no matter what, I have a peace in my heart that I was there for her today when she needed me most, and that makes me feel joy!!
She made big plans for tonight. First we played “Inca Run” and “Red Light, Green Light” in our BIG backyard. Then we ate cream-tuna-on-toast with peas (tuna melts for the haters).
And after she opened her last gift of the day, we indulged in a slice of red velvet cake with buttercream frosting. Now we are off to watch a movie together (“Christopher Robbin”).
I hope our Birthday Girl had a wonderful birthday!
We love you Curly Cook! Happy 1st of your lifetime of two digit birthdays!!!!