What’s the Buzz?
April 17, 2008 by Niksmom
Nik’s haircuts have always been hellish experiences for all of us. It usually requires Miss Carol who cuts Nik’s hair and is really wonderful with him, myself to hold and reassure him, two other stylists to help hold his hands away from the scissors or clippers, another to continually wipe away the clippings from his tear-streaked cheeks, and another to clap and sing songs with and for Nik. The bigger Nik gets the harder it is to keep him still; he’s so strong and fast!
Today, Niksdad was not able to come with me to be an extra source of strong hands. I geared up for the worst. When we walked into the salon —which is a very intimate, low-key place —Nik didn’t disappoint me. His lower lip quivered and stuck out in a beguiling pout and the little shrieks of tears began. The waiting was the worst; he kept bolting for the front door and actually managed to get it open!
I warned Miss Carol that it might be a rough one today; it’s been nearly twice as long between cuts this time since Miss Carol had been super sick with the flu and then some other infection. Nik’s hair had gotten so long I could tuck his sideburns behind his ears! I was really worried that he was going to go ballistic as soon as the clippers came out.
Nik fought and cried as we strapped him into the booster seat and we definitely had to hold his hands. But here’s the thing —Nik fussed and cried but he sat perfectly still as soon as Miss Carol started to cut! It only took myself, Miss Carol, another stylist to hold one of Nik’s hands, and the receptionist —a “hip, young grandma” type —who held Nik’s other hand, clapped with him, sang to him, and wiped his little tears. At one point, I had to let go of Nik’s head and he sat so still I was worried he’d passed out!
I think this is the first time ever that Miss Carol has been able to get a perfectly even cut all the way around —not for lack of trying!
Yes indeed, sometimes, the little things can be monumental.