Every now and again, glimpses of my pre-maternal life pop up and startle me. Like, I'll find myself car dancing to Bruce Springsteen. Or I'll buy a can of biscuits without a coupon. Experiences my mom would call "wild hairs."
Red sequined jacket and The Boss on the boom box - definitely not maternal. But a great "Jingle Bell Rock" Christmas card picture with Sarah and David in 1986. Note the bells on David's wheels. He used to say, "Hair is just entertainment." You can't see my wild hair here - a 6" pink-bleached rat tail. My boss Vicki would gulp hard every time I sauntered into the Southwestern Bell Comptrollers building wearing my matching hot pink jelly sandals.
The girls and Keith will tell you - I'm the mean one who is always trying to balance the paychecks with the mortgage payment, car payment, insurance, etc. As Keith says, "We'd have more money if you didn't fritter it away on bills."
Three times at Sam's this holiday season, I fingered - then replaced - certificates for a local spa entitling the bearer to a hair shampoo and cut, microderm abrasion treatment, facial, massage and make-up application - for $45. I kept thinking how much fun it would be to do with Rachel, Lois and Hannah. How we don't have that many more years with all of them at home. Then I would (responsibly) remind myself of fall expenses not fully paid for. And sigh. And walk away to check the clearance corner in the back of the store. (Remember that when you're shopping there!)
Fast forward to riding the bus home my last day of work before the hoildays. Only 10 of us - very unusual - and mostly women chattin' it up instead of taking our afternoon naps. One of my bus buds decribed buying certificates for her mom and sisters, and how much fun they were going to have using them. That did it. I told Keith, "I'm going to get them tomorrow." I surprised the girls on New Year's Day.
We used the first today - for lovely shampoos (with heavenly scalp massages) followed by haircuts.
BEFORE: Rachel told us, "Frown, like they do in all the 'before' diet ads." All we need are numbers under our chins.
Over the holidays, I (finally!) completed photo albums for each daughter, the first since Julia came home. I devoted a page in Lois' book to her ever-changing locks. "Am I the only person in this family who will ever do anything different with her hair?"
You know - just having a wild hair.
January 20, 2009 04:40 PM PST
What a cute idea. I really like all of Lois' styles - very few can pull all of those off like that!
January 18, 2009 07:42 AM PST
Wow, that is quite a bargain! Sounds like money well spent.
And, the straight-faced before frowns cracked me up!
January 17, 2009 11:08 PM PST
how fun! this was a smart, good-mommy decision. and you all--oops, Y'ALL look fab. ;>
January 17, 2009 05:43 PM PST
Love Lois' hair do! Y'all all look great and I can only imagine how much fun you had doing it together.
January 17, 2009 04:21 PM PST
great investment - way to go!
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