Hair Today....

It's come to my attention that there's something missing around my house. Hmmmm.... like 10 inches of my daughter's hair.

For those of you who've not had the pleasure, my youngest at 17 is what I like to refer to as charmingly unsophisticated. Her disability helps her to see the world in a very simple way. I'm not going to pretend that this is all roses and harp music; she still walks out in front of cars and has difficulty handling changes in her life. However, as she ages, she occasionally takes the bull by the horns and surprises me.

Prior to the photo shoot on Saturday, my oldest daughter came over to straighten the youngest's hair (it's quite wavy). Discussion ensued regarding a possible trim. Somehow this morphed into my youngest wondering how her hair would look shorter. Somehow THAT morphed into a pair of scissors in her little friend's hand and quite a few missing tresses.

I admit that I've been asleep at the switch the last few days. Asthma recovery is not for the faint hearted. I'm mortified to admit that when she kept her hood on during dinner last night, I did not wonder what might or might not be going on under the hood. I thought I was being treated to more teen aged angst. Bad mom. This morning, she could no longer stand it and came into my office to tell me.

Thus my blog posting time this morning was taken up re-cutting my daughters hair (I'm licensed) and styling it so that she could go to school without the requisite hood over her head. [sigh]

I'm not sure if we will ever get to the point that she ponders the quality of her decisions before she acts on them, but I hope that the majority of her upcoming decisions have the same lack of consequences that this one had. It's easy enough to fix hair compared to some other decisions she might make.

Before: (note the abundance of hair down her back)

Before1

After: (Oh look! A bob!)

After 

Two final thoughts:

1. Valerie... you're a darling girl, but hair cutting is not one of your current skills.

2. Oldest daughter... don't generalize. Be specific. Use concrete suggestions.