i think just about everyone has a similar one to tell…. but not matter what the version is, it always involves a young child, a pair of scissors, & someone getting a hair cut. as a kid, my version involved me & my kid brother. in my mind the story goes something like this (although, i’m sure my mom & brother might have a differing opinion)… it was a hot summer morning. the skies were blue & the birds were singing. my brother & i had been awake for a little while, busy watching early morning cartoons & eating graham crackers in my mom’s bed, while she tried to get a few extra minutes of some much needed sleep. growing tired of watching yet another episode of he-man, we decided to find something else to do. mom’s bedroom was right off the patio, so we pushed open the sliding door & ran outside. our bikes & big wheels entertained us momentarily, but it was just so dang hot. as i looked at my brother i could see the sweat rolling down his forehead. “he must be so hot,” i thought to myself. “all that hair!” i don’t really remember what happened next, we must had a pow wow & discussed the possibility of me giving him a slight trim. the next thing i remember is my brother sitting in a wagon, with a towel tied around him to catch the hair, & me playing hair dresser with a pair of scissors & a comb. i also don’t remember what mom said when she found us, although secretly, i’m sure she was impressed by my skills, luckily for us she had the presence of mind to capture the scene with a photo.
last night, gavin decided to write his own version of the story. i was sitting in a meeting when i got a photo message sent to my phone: a picture of gavin, with two very large chunks missing from his very full head of hair. somehow, gavin had managed to find a pair of scissors (a feat in & of itself, considering they have all been hidden after our last incident) & gave himself his own summer trim. jeffy had no choice but to buzz off what was left of his hair. the new “summer buzz” does a pretty good job of covering up gavin’s botched haircut, but you can still see where he took the chunks out. i guess we will have to hold off a couple weeks on those family portraits.