Sunday, 2 October 2011

Hair today, gone tomorrow.....

Once upon a time, a little girl was born. Her Mummy was pleased to have a little girl. Her Mummy had visions of pretty pigtails, of cute little dresses, of a quiet and gentle young child.

Her Mummy didn't realise that she had, in fact, welcomed a tomboy into her family....

For the first few years, however, the little girl was happy enough to grow her hair long. On occasion, she would consent to having her hair plaited into pretty pigtails, and at times she would even wear pink! Generally, though, even persuading her to allow her hair to be brushed was something of a daily battle.

When the little girl was 3, she started to attend a pre-school playgroup every morning. She absolutely loved her pre-school. She made many new friends. Unfortunately, a fairly common side effect of mingling with lots of other children, particularly if you have long hair, is - I think some of you can see this one coming, yes? Shall we say 'little visitors' that camp in the hair?!

If the little girl was unhappy about a soft child's brush being pulled through her hair each day, this was nothing compared with the fuss she made about the steel-toothed comb and special shampoo. Her Mummy persevered, though, and eventually managed to clear the little beasties away.

For a while.

The trouble was, even though the little girl's head was regularly cleared of 'visitors', she was still mingling with lots of other children, and new 'visitors' would keep arriving. In the end, both the little girl and her Mummy had had enough. They agreed that perhaps the time had come for the little girl to sport a new and trendy bob. They were actually away on holiday at the time, but by rooting around in the drawers of the self-catering cottage they were able to find a pair of kitchen scissors, and the little girl's Mummy set to work.

Before:


After:


It actually really suited the little girl's cheeky face, especially after it* had been tidied up by a hairdresser back home!

The little girl never grew her hair long again**. In fact, her hair is now so short that she is frequently mistaken for a boy.

She thinks this is wonderful.

Her Mummy consoled herself by making plans to scrapbook the photos with a dreaful pun of a title such as 'Hair today, gone tomorrow'.

(Sorry.)

This post was brought to you by Sian's Storytelling Sunday and the Melsh archives

* The hair, not the face. Obviously. Why must you be so pedantic? *sigh!* (Yes, The Mother, I do mean you...)

** So far, anyway. Who knows what the future will hold?

30 comments:

Ruth said...

My goodness, what a difference! That story is a must to scrap and I secretly hope that The Tomboy becomes a wee bit girly as she gets older, but don't tell her I said so!

furrypig said...

Your tom boy daughter really reminds me of me as a child! I ended up with short hair and boys shoes and was always really chuffed when mistaken for a boy! I still don't really do pink and girlie and I love trousers still but I have had long hair several times since!! Great pics xxx

Jimjams said...

LOL - her smile is still the same bright ray of sunshine though!

Sandra said...

Long or short, it's that beautiful smile that shines

Ginger said...

Love how you told this story Mel :) She looks very happy with her short hair and that is what counts most!

Jane said...

three sons and one daughter and she turned out a tomboy too, so I sympathise!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh! This is SO cute, Mel! And I LOVED seeing photos of your sweet little Tomboy.

(Tell her hello from DebTurtle! xo)

angelfish said...

Oh the dreaded little 'visitors'! I do sympathise, having spent an hour this evening combing Hedrin through my daughter's hair. The short cut certainly suits her lovely face.

scrappyjacky said...

Hmmm.....I remember those 'visitors' well.....and how they loved one DD's hair in particular. But the Tomboy's hair does look pretty [bet she hates that word] long or short....and her smile would brighten any room.

Miriam said...

Yes that beautiful smile is still there x

Lizzie said...

She's still gorgeous, however much (or little) hair she wants to have. And The Tomboy still has that wonderful cheeky smile too!
Maybe she will prefer slightly longer hair when she's a bit older.
I hope you do scrap those photos soon (but maybe not with That Title?!!). Did you keep one of those long blonde locks, for your "memory box"?

jordiegirl said...

What a cutie and a lovely story.

The Creative Beast said...

I love this story Mel, though I'm sorry you got a tomboy instead of a "sugar and spice" girl who doesn't think that pink is horrible!

But that smile is best framed by that spunky short hair =-)

Anna said...

Bless her, she looks adorable either way!

Karen said...

Oh tales of little visitors bring it all back. You were much braver than I was by cutting off the TB's hair. But she does look so cute with her little bob.

Sian said...

It really, really does suit her face - no doubt about it! What a smile!

Thanks for the story Mel

Heather said...

that smile would light up any dull day! I remember being absolutely mortified when J was infested with little visitors .... and he always had short hair! Great story telling Mel xx

Gail said...

What a beautiful smile and that bob really suits her. Hope you'll share the layout when you get it done.

Ifa said...

She is adorable. What gorgeous silky hair, a shame to loose but I am glad it put a stop to the visitors.

Kirsty.a said...

Oh well. Good on you for embracing what the Tomboy wanted anyway instead of fighting it.

Melissa said...

What a great story Mel & precious photos! I was my Daddy's tomboy in many ways, but I always kept my hair long!

Mary B said...

Super story well told and I love love love those photos of The 'little' Tom Boy

Carrie Rosalind said...

AWWWW SOOO cute! I love her with her long AND her short hair!

Missus Wookie said...

Ah a similar story with Princess - although we soldiered through the visitors.... She likes being called a boy now and thinks it's funny.

I'm with everyone else - that smile is beautiful :)

Beverly said...

Love the story but talk of "visitors" gives me the heebie jeebies! The Tomboy looks spectaucular in both and I am sure would even if she chose a buzzcut ;)

Karen said...

She's just beautiful with long or short hair. I cut my waist-length hair in sixth grade, and it was a disaster as the photos clearly show!

Maria Ontiveros said...

The beginning of your tale made me itch!
But, the ending was lovely. You did a nice job on the first cut, and the short locks definitely suit the Tomboy.
Great story.
Rinda

Alison said...

I remember the time when my mum got the scissors out, after fighting a losing battle with 'the visitors'...she didn't make as good a job of it as you though- and I was devastated! The Tomboy really suited that bob
Alison xx
PS..thanks for your message on my blog...so appreciated! xx

Becky said...

She looked lovely with long hair, but just as cute with short hair! I had exactly the same with Penny - long hair when she was little - then visitors, then a lovely short bob! She then grew it long when she was about 13 and now it is cropped really short and she is 20!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I think she looks cute with short hair.

A friend of mine is still a total tomboy/punk & has no clue what to do with her sparkly pink princess daughter, especially her long curly hair. I always find that amusing.