On Saturday we were left at home while many people on campus attended a wedding. Since we did not have any big plans and Brad was needing a haircut, it seemed to be the perfect morning to cut hair. We had to set up shop outside on the front porch. Since there are no outlets outside, we had to run an extension cord out the window in a bedroom to plug in the clippers.
After we got all set up for me to cut Brad’s hair (which is something I do often), I decided I might as well get my hair cut too. Yes, I knew this day would come while, in Africa, that I would need a haircut…and Brad would most likely be the one to cut my hair. So, after a little coaching and a lot of trust (I sure love that man) I took my seat and the haircut began. It was a different experience from any other haircut I have ever had, but all in all, he did a good job. I’m thankful for my regular haircut lady, but Brad will do in a pinch, or when I happen to find myself in Africa.
And, why just stop at the grown-ups getting haircuts? The girls wanted to join the fun. As I was sitting there getting my hair cut, I thought, “if Brad can cut my hair, then I can cut the girls hair”. So, after we both got our hair cut, Ellianna sat down for her turn. I have not ever cut the girls hair before, now I know why. There is a reason why people go and get a haircut. After fighting the wind for almost all of Ellianna’s cut, I decided I had to go inside. I was already squatting almost all the time to get at the right level and the wind almost did me in.
Next came Caroline’s turn. I was a little smarter this time and just did the whole haircut inside. Caroline decided in the middle of her cut she did not want to do it anymore. So, I just stopped right there and tried to make a teachable moment about finishing what you started…half cut hair and all. Just kidding! We went ahead and finished.
Annie came next. Annie has never had a haircut. Except for that time Caroline decided to cut some of her hair…but not an official one. Since it was going to be her first one (she is 3 yrs. old) I thought I should take a before and, depending how it turned out, after picture. We got out the camera and started to take a picture and she decided she did not want a haircut after all! Honestly, by that time I was glad she changed her mind. It took almost 3 hours for all of the haircut activity.
When you find yourself with nothing to do, try something new, like cutting your spouse’s hair or maybe your children’s. You just never know what the end result will be.
By the way, I have a hair appointment already scheduled soon after we get back…and I have already warned her that my husband would be cutting my hair for a while.