Sunday, April 15, 2007

Rite Of Passage

The words we dread but know are inevitable:

Sara (from the living room): "Mom! Guess What?"

Diana (from the kitchen): "What's that, honey"

Sara: "I just cut my HAIR with the SCISSORS!"

Diana: (gulp) "Oh dear."

Yes, she did, indeed.

In retrospect, giving her bangs a trim followed by letting her help me cut the tags off her new summer clothes and then popping off to the kitchen to put the kettle on, leaving the scissors on the table was not the wisest series of events. How could she resist?

The scissors are now on top of my dresser.

Sara is very, very sorry.

I've tried not to laugh, but it's really, really hard.

We've all done it, right? I did. Age of 8. Cut a hunk of my bangs off at the hairline. The hunk that was hanging down in my eyes when I was trying to read. Sadly, what I'd cut off was right over my cowlick. Dad tormented me for ages calling me "Dagwood" as the hair growing in stuck straight up for ages.

And so, Sara has given herself a modified left-sided mullet.

Thankfully, she has 5 months until school pictures.

And I have 5 months to mock.



Blogger listmaker said... sure to take pictures.

RT never cut his own hair, but he did give the cat's whiskers a trim. Poor lopsided kitty.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Yes, oh yes. We. want. pictures.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

You're so right about the Rite of passage! You wouldn't believe the number of Gr. 2's and 3's I've seen come to school having done the same thing over 27 years of teaching! Well, hair does grow faster in summer..if we ever get one!

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Ariella said...

Uh, so I'd like to come over to your house BEFORE you get this repaired, or at least see a picture...

9:18 PM  
Blogger Rozanne said...

Here's the great thing about being a big sister. I did my scissors experiments on my sister, and being 4.5 years older was able to "persuade" her that my handiwork actually looked tres chic.

Poor Sara. She has no one to blame but herself.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

Maybe you could leave a buzz clippers out now, next to a stack of photos of Maddox Jolie and his mohawk.

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

hee hee hee...enjoy the mocking time! And post a pic! I guess my SIL cut ALL of her bangs off when she was little. She thought they were too 'puffy'. Rachel has cut holes in her pants with scissors, but so far hasn't attempted a haircut. Lauren earned the right to use scissors by turning 3. She'll probably be the one to experiment on the hair if given the opportunity. Like you said, hair grows back!

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah. Ain't parenthood wonderful?!?! I remember that incident almost as much as calling you "witchy-poo" after you got chicken-pox. Dads are so cruel.

The Ole RF-er

11:11 PM  
Blogger Cagey said...


My 1st grade teacher discovered a clump of hair underneath my desk.

I'll never forget discovering my sister cutting her hair. She frantically pleaded "Don't tell on me!" Which of course, I immediately proceeded to do. I am surprised I didn't break my neck falling down the stairs because I couldn't get down them fast enough to gleefully deliver "my good news".

11:33 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Oh my goodness. So funny. Poor Sara is probably really sorry.

I don't think I ever cut my own hair. My parents did a "fine" enough job without my help.

Thankfully, my girl hasn't tried that yet. But she is in control of her own HelL* Kitty scissors...

8:10 AM  
Blogger Mona Buonanotte said...

Note to self...hide all scissors.

I can't even get past the 'pouring-herself-a-glass-of-milk-from-the-full-jug-cleanup' thing yet.

Yes. Photos. We need them.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Babs said...

Ha!! I did that last month!!

Ok. Not quite.

Kids get all the PR on that one, anyway.


1:41 PM  
Anonymous Christie said...

HeHeHeHe...that's a girl thing, right? So, having only parented 1 wee little lad I don't have to worry about self-barbering? Right?? RIGHT????

1:49 PM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Um, yeah. I've done this. Hmm, Sara's 3 right? Yeah. I was 18 and oh, wait, 40, right?

You may want to keep her away from scissors for the rest of her life.

2:53 PM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Liz keeps saying "Well, they're punk. It looks okay." I think she and Beth are secretly laughing at me. But hey, I have skunk hair as well, what the heck.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Stepping Over the Junk said...

It has yet to happen to me. Although whenever we use scissors, I always say AND WE NEVER EVER CUT OUR HAIR just in case they think of it. My older daughter did cut some hair off her brand new American Girl doll, because there were stray "clumps" that she couldnt get into the pigtails. So she cut them off. I was mortified. As was my mother, who bought the doll for her. Thankfully, you cant really tell

3:28 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Listie- Heh. I actually deliberated on grabbing the camera but decided to be nice and grabbed the scissors to try to even things up a bit. Poor kitty, indeed.

Teri- Should any happen to be taken as part of something else, I'll email you.

Ruth- I'll just bet you could have your own hall of self-haircut fame!

Ariella- It's as repaired as it's likely to get, at least until it grows a bit and I can cut the rest to even it up a bit more.

Rozanne- Too, too cruel! My younger sister cut my hair once. It was rather lopsided, but as I had begged her to do it, I really couldn't blame her.

Jocelyn- Dare you to do it with Girl and Niblet first!

Colleen- Oh, no! ALL her bangs??? What surprised me is that she's never shown any interest in cutting anything but the scrap paper in her art box. When you least expect it...

Dad- Yes. Yes, there was that taunting, too. And yet I still speak to you with love and affection. Hm.

6:09 PM  
Blogger TopChamp said...

My sister had a mullet inflicted by our mother - she calls it her 'chinese house' haircut because it made her head sort of triangular but with long bits at the back. She couldn't have made it any worse if she had chopped away herself.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Hey - I sent you an e-mail... just wanted to let you know in case THIS one doesn't get to you, either...

7:34 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Cagey- Well OF COURSE you told on her. Who could have resisted. Plus, what did she think, that your mom wouldn't notice?

Lauren- Beware of the Hello Kitty! They are very seductive, the Hello Kitty things. Before yesterday, I'd have scoffed at Sara doing anything like that.

Mona- Yes. A very good idea, that. Learn from me. It gives purpose to my life.

Babs- Hah! You did not. I happen to know that you won't trust anyone aside from your personally picked hair stylist to touch the famous Babs tresses. Can't say I blame you.

Christie- No. It's just that little boys have shorter hair and therefore less to damage. If all else fails, you give them a buzz cut and say that they look tough. Sorry to throw ice water on you. Tough love, baby. Tough love. Hide the shears.

Dana- I thought of you about 1.2 miliseconds after I heard her words. They are not laughing at you, they are laughing with you, I'm very sure. Beth and Liz would NEVER laugh at you.

SOtJ- I can't stop giggling over your "AND WE NEVER EVER CUT OUR HAIR" dictum. Somehow, given the price of the AG doll, I'd prefer she cut her own hair...

Top Champ- Horrors! What had she done to deserve punishment-by-mullet?

Teri- Yes! got it! Now need to find some quality time to answer you. I'm hoping tomorrow morning???

9:16 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Dana- OH! No, Sara's 4+1/2. Way old enough to know the whole 'scissors for paper, only' deal.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

That is so funny and cute, will there be pictures? :)

9:15 AM  
Blogger Voyager said...

Diana, make sure you take a picture you can some day display at her wedding shower, or graduation dinner, or something like that!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Sanjay- I decided to let the pictures come as they happen but resisted taking deliberate ones of the happening. I'll probably regret it for all my life.

Voyager- For Sara, there is no lack of embarassing photos. Poor girl.

6:19 PM  
Blogger brooksba said...

Oh, pictures would be wonderful! And yes, we've all done it. I was 4 when my friend came over and we cut my hair. Lost about over a foot and my friend cut a bald spot on the top of my head that didn't grow back until I was 17. Yeah. I'm sure Sara is still adorable, but fun to tease.

3:33 PM  

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