Friday, February 13, 2009

Cassie's Gift

About a week ago, Cassie asked with a heavy sigh, "Mom, when can I get my hair cut?" I have always "cut" her hair which basically has consisted of trimming her back and trimming her bangs. So, I figured she was asking for me to actually CUT her bangs away from her eyes and face since they've been "bugging" her lately. But she proceeded to say .... "No, Mom! I mean actually CUT my hair?!?!" I just shrugged and told her to "think about it" and that perhaps on Friday (today) we would cut it.

When she came home on Tuesday with this picture, saying "Dear Mom, I can't wait till Friday. This is what I think I'm going to look like on Tuesday. Love, your #1 Daughter."--- I figured she was actually pretty serious about it and overly excited. So, we searched Locks of Love online to read about the requirements. 10 inches is the requirement, which Cassie easily has, so I called up my hair stylist. Sadly, she was booked for today as well as tomorrow, and she's not working on Monday (we have a vacation day) :0( I knew Cassie would be VERY disappointed if we waited beyond then because I think she's been telling everyone at school that she'll have short hair on Tuesday. So, I figured I would stop in at Cost Cutters and have it done.

This morning, we took the before and after. Caitlyn is old enough to know and understand that Cassie was getting her hair cut today. We banded her hair and measured to the base of her neck: 12 inches. I asked her for about the tenth time if she was sure she wanted to cut it all. She was still VERY gung-ho.

So, after a FRUSTRATING time at the Auto Service Department......(NEVER buy a Ford Escape!!!---seriously!) and after some grocery shopping, Cassie's appointment time finally arrived.

While waiting, we peeked at some Style books, and I asked her ONE LAST TIME, if she was sure. She gave me a goofy giggle, and said "yup!" and off to the chair we went.......

The first cut...................










........and the outcome. Mom's approval? Oh YEAH! It's ADORABLE!!!!!!! AND, I'll save OOOOOODLES on conditioner now!



Sadly, the stylist wasn't up on her "customer service manners." :0( She wasn't downright mean or anything, but just not friendly. No small-talk with Cassie or me, no smile to share, no "way to donate to such a great cause".......nuttin'! :0( Just strictly business for about 20 minutes.

Then, what I thought was kinda weird.....when I was at the counter, she said "why don't you bring a pic to the shop of her before and after and I'll take it to my next Manager's meeting?" That took me aback since she hadn't said two words to me while she was cutting. Sounds like she wants to enter the before/after into some kind of contest.....? I still haven't decided if I'll take the time to do it or not based on the overall experience.

I'm happy Cassie likes it (LOVES IT), but I am still sad that Stacy (my hair stylist) wasn't available. She would have made it more special, she would have posed with Cassie, she would have filled out the Donation Form right there and have Cassie sign her name....*sigh*. Maybe the next time (8 years down the road).

I haven't been downstairs yet and don't know if I will either. I've been picking up and cleaning, doing laundry......the typical house-wife stuff. My Step-Dad "Nub" (short for Norbert) is visiting this weekend to go ice-fishing with Paul, and I also have to work the Basketball game tonight, so I can't foresee any quilting time. 'Tis okay------I'm kinda tired anyway. I'll just put my feet up for the next half hour before heading out to pick up the other two girls from daycare....

Happy Friday!

7 comments:

Amanda said...

What a shame the hairdresser was such a grump, but anyway, tell Cassie well done from me, I'm full of admiration for such a brave and generous gesture. And I think she looks great with her shorter hair.

Julie said...

Well, "Way to go, Cassie!" Such a shame the lady was not nice. I was thinking when I saw her picture that she looked like she was not enjoying her job. And she is the MANAGER? Wow! Cassie looks cute as a button with the short hair. I'll bet it has a nice, bouncy feel to it too.

Terry said...

Way to go Cassie! Your short hair is so cute too! My daughter did that last April...and she's been growing her hair out ever since so she can donate it again! :0)

scraphappy said...

Cassie looks just adorable with her new hairdo! What a great gesture to make. Imagine how much less time and energy the shorter look will take to maintain.

Patchwork Penguin said...

When someone so young has such a big heart........ there is still hope for the future.

Thank you Cassie!!!

Cornfield Quilter said...

The haircut is absolutely adorable and it makes her look like such a hip young lady! She sure will break alot of hearts one of these days. What a kind thing to do, giving her hair to such a great cause! You are certainly doing a wonderful job raising your girls and I know you are very proud of them! Way to go mom!!!! :D

Laurel said...

Totally cute. My daughter did the same thing and continues to keep her hair short (you're right, alot less upkeep!). Too bad the stylist wasn't more into the experience.