On September 11th, we’ll have known each other for an entire decade. You know what that means? That means you’ve maintained the same hairstylist for ten years!
So, yeah, I owe you an apology.
You see, way back then, I was just an apprentice, trying to fine tune my skills while trimming at a glacial pace. Being that you were so smitten with me, I’m sure you didn’t mind the never-ending – Are-we-there-yet? – haircuts. But somewhere along the way, you got busy and began asking me to grab my clippers and “just shave it.”
Just shave it? I’d always think to myself. But I’m better than that! Are you kidding me? This will reflect on me and my abilities!
Proud idiot that I am, I never once did it your way. (How did you tolerate me?!) On and on, you had to put up with my speculations about why the shape of your head is so lumpy, obsessing over my need to create the illusion of balance by cutting your hair unevenly so that it looked even. More than once, I’ve insisted that completely buzzing your hair down would make you look like a racist, neo-nazi. And even when I finally began succumbing to “just shave it,” I still discreetly changed the guards on my clippers so that I could live with myself, knowing that your haircut contained more than one uniform length.
I was wrong.
Ten years in, we’ve finally had a breakthrough. Honestly, I believe that you can thank Bennett and my baby brain. Had I not accidentally left all of my clipper guards at work, you’d have likely ended up – yet again – with another Stubborn Suzanna masterpiece, quite against your will. As it is, I can’t remember squat, so there was little that I could do but to buzz your locks right off, all over, all even.
Humbling as it is for me to say, what took me so long?! You look magnificent, my dear. Those kind eyes just show up even more now. Please forgive me for failing to do it your way for so long. I’m a work in progress and am learning to be more respectful as time goes on.
PS to my readers: Tomorrow begins our series, Mondays with Momma! As you know, Momma is privately taking questions via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and would prefer not to leave any unanswered. Well, straight out of the gates, she’s weighing in on some very heavy topics! No doubt, EVERYONE is going to have differing opinions about this first question as it pertains to the matter of divorce. (If you’re not divorced, I’ll bet there’s someone in your life whom you love that is.) That said, Momma’s response is sympathetic, drawing from personal experience with my dad, and guided by Scripture. Let’s all show her some love and support as she breaks the ice with a topic that not many of us would prefer to publicly navigate!