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Self portrait. She's always
I wouldn't exactly call this pretty, but I would call it handsome, the masculine equivalent! It was shearing time again (after 18 months of long-haired hippie shagginess) and again Calvin went drastic. He seems to be like his mother that way. We'll let it get really long and weird and then hack it all off!
See what I mean? It was SO LONG and, yes, for those of you with sharp eyes, good memories and nothing better to do, it was lighter. I went darker and shorter about a month ago. And I feel so liberated!
Dharma did it for me during our Christmas vacation. I had always been a blonde but have been noticing over the past few years that my hair has gotten progressively darker. And one day, I looked at my roots and realized I couldn't call myself even dishwater blonde anymore. So I decided it was time to stop fighting nature. And I love it! I wish I had gone darker a long time ago. It suits my eye color and skin tone better and even The Viking (who had always liked my hair lighter than darker) likes it (which was a relief).
I wasn't sure how he would react once the shearing was over. I really was concerned that once reality set in, he'd have haircut remorse. But as soon as the stylist put his glasses back on him, his face lit up in a huge grin and he laughed! He loves it! He looks a lot older and he knows it! That may not make Mama happy, but it sure makes a soon-to-be-eleven-year-old boy happy!
Being happy seems to make Calvin contagious. A few nights ago, after dinner, he began quickly clearing the table all on his own without being reminded. The Viking and I couldn't help but be suspicious. We grew even more so when he reappeared in the dining room with matches, lit the candles on the table, dimmed the overhead light, and scampered back out to the kitchen. If you're thinking, "What the...?" you've guessed what was going through our minds as well!
Next thing we knew, after a bit of clattering and clunking in the kitchen, we were presented with a surprise dessert, thought up and prepared exclusively by Calvin! In case you're wondering, it was toasted giant marshmallows topped with Nutella and festooned with birthday candles. And it was pretty darn tasty! I'll make a foodie out of this boy yet!
Mayhap you remember Robot, Calvin's creation? Well, he is still around, taking up space in the living room (when he is not "in use") and we've all gotten used to seeing "him" walking around, playing video games, watching tv, playing with the dog, jumping on the trampoline (all things I wish I had gotten photos of). And, the other day, Redheaded Snippet decided to get in on the action. A few alternations were necessary of course...
But it didn't take long for her to see what all the fuss was about. He's just one super fine robot!
And, of course, Robot texts to let her friends know how cool and silly she is!
I was trying to get just one more good shot of the haircut and went a little too far, I guess. I literally had him backed up against the wall! I don't think it helped that this was right after our Shakespeare study--his least favorite part of the school day. Oh well, he's still adorable (but don't tell him I said that!)
Where have you found contentment today? This week? Look around you, it's just waiting to be found!