As a teacher, returning to school the day after having your hair cut can be intense. True, there are those students who don't notice, but more often than not there are many comments, often when you're trying to lecture, or administer a test or at a zillion other inopportune times that the munchables will make their feelings known.
I can remember one student who said, upon seeing my freshly coiffed locks, "Don't worry, Mrs. Quinlan. It will grow back." Or another who waited until several months later when the hair had in fact grown back, then said, "Remember that time you had a bowl cut? I'm glad you grew it out." And inevitably, the girls in my class would swoon over the wedding photo on my desk, and say things like: "Oh, you had such long hair! You were so pretty then. Why did you cut it all off?" From the mouths of babes . . . ? Even my brother in law joined in with his very forward thinking perspective when I cut my hair shortly after my wedding saying, "Well, you're married, you've cut off your hair, now all you need to do is gain 15 pounds to complete the trifecta." Ahem.
But here's the thing. My hair is not particularly thick, and so when it's long, it has a tendency to look like someone attached seven strands of golden yarn to my head. Yes, long hair is more versatile, but also more work. Short hair seems edgier and more stylish, but you have to cut it constantly to keep it's shape, and sometimes it can cross into soccer mom territory. Currently my hair is in a mid length bob, because I didn't want to have a pixie cut paired with a potentially bloated pregnant face, but I'm sure after the bébé arrives the temptation to reach for the scissors will arrive with a vengeance. My only fear is that I won't be able to make a sound decision with the monumental hormone shifts and lack of sleep that are awaiting me. What to do? Turn to the internet for advice! What do you think? Long or short?While I await your shrewd advice, I'm off to research some ideas for future posts. Talking about myself constantly has become dreary.