To “Do” or Not to “Do?” Hair Is the Question

“It’s not the hair on your head that matters. It’s the kind of hair you have inside.” ─ Garry Shandling


On Wednesday I was having a bad hair day. My usual “do” was not working. I had spent too much time and used too much hair gook getting ready. It was not a good morning.

When one of our very active kindergartener’s bopped into school that same morning, he had noticeably shorter hair. In his hand, he had a sandwich bag that he flashed in front of everyone’s eyes. When I asked what was in it, he said, “It’s my hair!”

He was having a good hair day. He had hair on his head and hair in his sandwich bag. He was one happy kindergartener.

Throughout history hair has caused problems. Remember Samson and Delilah? Hair is the root of many underlying emotions.

A good hair day can make you feel cheery, confident, and positive. A bad hair day can cause you to be gloomy, irritable, and just plain surly.

Hair can be long, short, shaggy, smooth, straight, purple, pink, curly, frizzy, shaggy, messy, braided, spiked, and who knows what else. You can shake it, twist it, chew it, braid it, swing it, and flip it. There’s even a musical about hair – “long beautiful hair.”

Megabucks are spent on making sure a coif is perfect. Then comes the wind, rain, sleet, or snow, and it’s all for naught. Bald gentlemen rock! No fuss. No muss. It’s a perfect head of no hair.

Then there are those people who maintain a positive attitude as they wage brave battles against a disease only to lose their hair because of it. So what are we complaining about? What’s all the fuss?

Whether we like it or not, the hair on our head is uniquely ours. Spike it, streak it, shave it, or put it in a sandwich bag and flash it front of everyone. Then give three cheers for whatever kind of hair you have or have not. Hip, hip hair-ay! Hip, hip hair-ay! Hip, hip hair-ay!

Books that go to your head:  Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, 2009), The Hair of  Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2009), Aaron’s Hair by Robert Munsch (Cartwheel, 2002), Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day by Dawn Lesley Stewart (Peachtree Publishers, 2000), Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair by Lee Fox (Walker Books for Young Readers, January, 2010)

Books for discussion:  Where’s Mom’s Hair? by Debbie Watters (Second Story Press, 2005), Hair for Mama byKelly Tinkham (Dial, 2007)

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