Last Friday afternoon, I got my hair cut. I have one of those bob-type haircuts where the back is shorter than the sides, with a fringe. My fringe is now substantially shorter (actually, uncomfortably shorter. It can’t grow back fast enough!), the sides are about two centimetres shorter, and the back is five or six centimetres shorter. When I examined the final product in the mirror at the salon, my first thought was, “Ooooh, that hair’s a lot shorter! It looks way better!” No – I’m lying, that was my second thought. My first one was , “Ooooh, that fringe is too short! Good thing my hair grows fast!”
It is now Wednesday. Five days after my haircut.
So far, only three people have noticed the shorter do: the principal at my school, the vice-principal of my school, and a little seven-year-old boy that I teach.
My daughter only knew my hair was cut because I’d previously told her I would be home late that day due to an appointment at the hairdresser. She didn’t comment when I came home other than an off-hand, “Oh yeah – you did mention that you were going to the hairdresser, didn’t you?”
PG hadn’t a clue. On Saturday evening, I finally snarled at him, “You don’t really look at me any more, do you?!” He simply started laughing as I went on to complain that here I was with a beautiful haircut (except that the fringe is too short), and he hadn’t said a word! He continued laughing. I finally had to stop talking to him and go to bed early to make him stop laughing. He really doesn’t take me seriously enough sometimes.
I went out for dinner with my mom and DD on Monday night. My mom, the queen of visual detail, said absolutely nothing about my hair. This is a woman who has always been able to identify pretty much every single thought I have ever had just by the way I move my eyes or mouth or some other magical, motherly trick. She notices when I pluck a hair from an eyebrow! And suddenly, she doesn’t notice that my hair is six centimetres shorter at the back?
I can’t really explain any of this, and it probably doesn’t matter anyway, but I’m thinking that maybe I need to spend more time at work. They seem to appreciate my appearance a little more there.