first haircut

Posted on August 19th, 2010 by mountain girl  |  8 Comments »

Here she is, in her brand-new haircut. She did it all by herself, alone in front of the mirror in Dadda’s office. Then she ran to me.

“Mamma, do you like my pretty new haircut?” I was making hummus in the kitchen. My heart skipped a beat. I turned to see her, but it took a minute to really see, and then I saw everything at once.

Crayola baby scissors in her hand. 3/4″ snips of  red half-moon curls on the floor. They were so tiny, the very first cutting of her baby curls. I had to save them.

I got down and started to gather them up, and then I reached up to her head and a whole big swathe of hair came off in my hand. Like, almost the whole side.

“Do you like it?” She was brave and afraid all at once. Proud that she dared to do it but not sure if it was the right thing to do.

I choked and smiled at her. “Of course I do. I think it’s beautiful.”

It’s beautiful to be brave when you’re afraid, to trust yourself when you don’t know how others will react. To be daring and try something new. To make a change in yourself and stick to your decision (not that you can undo a haircut).

Ok, I know, all that is ridiculous. It’s probably just the inevitable response a 3-year old has to standing in front of a mirror with a pair of scissors in her hand and a halo of red curls around her face. Just the next curious exploration of life. I’m still happy with her. I’m not sure why. I guess I’m just happy she’s still a baby and gets to do silly things like that.

So she has decided to become a hair stylist, and what better place to practice than one’s very own head? (Better than my head.) As you can see, she went for a dramatic look rather than subtle…and she seems quite happy with the outcome.

But…there just may be a second first haircut coming up soon.

8 Responses to “first haircut”

  1. Mimi says on :

    Not bad for a 3 year old cutie….she’s her mother’s daughter – creative spark there. I agree with all that you wrote above. Mimi

  2. Allison says on :

    “It’s beautiful to be brave when you’re afraid, to trust yourself when you don’t know how others will react. To be daring and try something new. To make a change in yourself and stick to your decision”

    These lines speak volumes to me. I am lacking bravery at the moment. I am learning how to trust myself and not reactions from others.

    By the way, I have loved all of the Colorado pictures! I am so glad you have posted so many. 🙂

  3. mountain girl says on :

    Allison,
    Glad those words meant something to you. Sometimes I feel like my little girl is a role model for me. There is so much freshness and strength built into her that has yet to be unlearned. I hope, somehow, she can hang on to it!

  4. Allison says on :

    I hope so, too! I have unlearned so much. Sometimes, especially recently, I have the desire to relearn what I have long forgotten. Is it possible? I hope so, though, what does that look like? I hope to find out. 🙂

  5. 3 amigos says on :

    HELOOOOOO………………..OOOOOMY GOODNESS:) AND SHE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL AND ADORABLE. JUST WAIT 🙂 IT KEEPS COMING…………..THERE ARE MORE EXCITING THINGS TO COME – KIDS SAY AND DO THE DARNDEST THINGS….(REMEMBERING HER DADDA’S EXPERIMENTS:) – FUNNY, NOW…………LUV U GUYS/HAVE A NICE DAY/MOM

  6. mountain girl says on :

    Mom,
    Oooh…thanks for the warning. You mean this isn’t the worst thing she’ll ever do??? 🙂
    We’ll keep you updated on future escapades!

  7. Kim says on :

    Hi Mia, I stumbled upon your blog via soulemama. This post is so beautiful.I appreciate the brave and afraid image. Thanks for the gentle reminder to roll with the day..

  8. Poco Mountain Girl » Blog Archive » she decided she needed some bangs says on :

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