Sunday, March 27, 2011

important hair events...

our middle son is still on the downside of his thirties.  he lives, works and plays in austin, the self proclaimed "live music capitol of the world". over the years, in his quest for rock stardom, he has carefully cultivated, consciously or not, an image congruent with that scene. put in plain english, he has grown his hair without cutting it, save maybe an occasional trimming of the dead ends, since he quit shaving his head, many years ago now. 

in his defence, as his hair grew longer, he defended the decision by voicing his intention to make a donation to "Locks of Love".  i believe in order to donate one's hair must be at least 10 inches long. 

recently, he announced that at last he was ready to back up his words.  i truly admire his unselfish giving to a cancer victim in need.

the picture above, was taken of him and his honey, at the local 2010 Renaissance Festival. as you can see his hair is quite long. it goes well with the lascivious look for the maid he would have as his own.

blame it on his mom, but i e-mailed him requesting he be sure to get before and after pictures for us. that prompted a query from him.  ""what, are you afraid you might not recognize me?' to which i replied, "maybe!"

in what was meant as a gentle jibe, i reminded him of what i think are the three most significant hair events in his lifetime.  the first would have to be his first big boy haircut at around age one.  cutting off his soft blond curls was a moment which brought tears all around.

ranking second, or third, i'll let you decide, is a toss-up between the time when after a trip to the family stylist, not liking the results of that cut, he emerged from the bathroom with a completely shaved head.  i've always wondered why he couldn't have taken that leap BEFORE i'd paid good money for the cut.  as i remember he didn't ask permission beforehand, nor give any hint that he was thinking of shaving his head, he just did it.  a subscriber to the theory "it's easier to beg forgiveness after the fact that to gain approval before" it would seem.  at least he has a nicely shaped head.

also in the toss up round is the unselfish act of donating 11 inches of hair to a good cause. this gets my vote for number two, i think.  at least this time losing his hair will do some good and not end up in the bathroom waste basket.

hair, or no hair, no matter--he will remain our baby boy, and near and dear to our hearts, always. aio





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