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Nest of Cowlicks

Posted on 2014.06.09 at 12:49
A week ago our house looked like this:

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We huffed and puffed and eventually it looked like this:

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Now it looks like this:

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(ie not that different, just shrinkwrapped in plastic and cardboard.) Which is how it has stayed for five days. Keeping ET safe, one plastic-wrapped cupboard at a time.

For the next two months, we're living in the back half of the house. We can pretend that we live in a tiny New York apartment. I've always wanted to live in New York City, but not exactly in order to enjoy the itty-bitty apartments.

Our New York style apartment looks like this:

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The refrigerator is actually located in what would be the adjacent apartment. It's inconvenient.

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Refrigerated Slit

I was caught off-guard yesterday, which was the first Saturday with the kids home, by how trapped I was in our New York style apartment. Things like loud singing and tackling each other and general commotion: I was unable to slink off. It's not exactly misbehaving, but I usually leave the room if it's going on too long.

I handled it by becoming a raging short-tempered bitch.

Today I will be the very model of a mighty zen monk warrior. (Cue my mom: It's easy for monks to be zen when they aren't surrounded by small children.) I am resolved to find my well of meditative patience. Maybe I should acquire some pot.


Hawaiian Punch used to have long hair:

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but she wanted to cut it all off:

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(and Jammies heart probably broke a little.) Now she looks like this:

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What Hawaii doesn't yet fully grasp is that she inherited my nest of cowlicks. While it looks tame and well-behaved in that picture, like Hawaii herself, by the next morning it was frolicking, like Hokey Pokey in the background. "My bangs won't stay down," she said, "should we cut them shorter?"

She does not need to know that the back of her charming swing bob is also fraying out in chunky directions, every which way, and not at all like the straight hair in the photo she admired.

It's almost a cliche to note that one's daughter is learning a lesson about five years earlier than the previous generation, but I didn't discover the pain of cowlicks until I got bangs in 5th grade.


parodie at 2014-06-09 19:20 (UTC) (Link)
Meditation tidbit that may be completely useless: monks who are expert at this stuff talk about how the challenge is not to ignore the irritating noise (buzzing fly, construction drill, shrieking child) but to incorporate it, to embrace it. Well, of course this depends on the school of meditation and whether you are part of the distancing group vs the embracing group, but I have found it an interesting idea. You're not aiming to pretend there is no noise: you're aiming to be ok with the presence of noise.

Useless, I know. Good luck.
heebie_geebie at 2014-06-17 01:44 (UTC) (Link)
I actually recalled this advice from you this past weekend, when we were reading an absolutely interminable, awful flap book, and it served me well.
parodie at 2014-06-17 14:23 (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Glad it helped.
Kelly Jennings
Kelly Jennings at 2014-06-10 17:13 (UTC) (Link)


My tip for Hawaii's hair -- she's right, the answer is to go even shorter. With my kid, we eventually went Audrey Hepburn short. It was adorable and very easy to take care of.

She did get trouble from other kids at school about being a boy. "Are you a girl or a boy?" blah blah blah. Though she looked nothing like a boy -- just the gender-policing that will happen. One advantage to starting home-schooling is no more of that.

Now she's going back to public school, she's growing it out, but she's also old enough to deal with it herself.
heebie_geebie at 2014-06-17 01:45 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Haircut

That would be absolutely adorable. I'm not sure Hawaii would go for it at this stage - she's still pretty firm about gender roles. But it's something to keep in mind.
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