Let the sun shine in…

My brother went to the Naval Academy.  He was 19.  I was 23 when he began his Plebe Summer.   We walked through campus on Induction Day, we stood in lines.  We waited and we hugged him a lot.  The whole time I kept thinking how in the hell do you make a decision so permanent?  This one day… you are saying “today I will begin a career in the Navy that may be life long…” and that blew my mind.

I kept wondering when he would start to look like a midshipman.  Would it be over Christmas when I saw him next? I can tell you when it was. The moment was the same for every one of the boys and girls that became men and women that day.  It was when they got their hair cut.

Scott looked like a baby and a grown up all at once.  He’d had his ears lowered.  It was summer and his tan didn’t quite go all the way up to his hair line anymore.  All these young kids filed in to this hall and we saw them spilling out the other side with this “oh shit, I’ve really done it now” face.  Young men and women that had a plan.  And a new do.

I didn’t have my ears lowered today.   Nor did I sign up with the United States Navy.  But I did have one of those “Sign me up and cut it off” moments.

I got a Mom haircut.  There’s no turning back.  I’m giving Lucy twenty good years and then I am retiring.  Heh.  We’ll see how well that works out for me, huh?

Lucy seems slightly less suspicious than Em. Em said "Hmm... it's creepy, I want my Mom back." Here's hoping Mike is more open to change.

8 responses to “Let the sun shine in…

  1. You don’t have to keep the same haircut for the next 20 years. I got the “mom cut” and then grew it out. Somewhere in there I also bleached it and dyed it purple.

  2. Your looking at it wrong! It’s not a mom cut, it’s a sexy cut! What you had before was a mom cut, easy to pull back and put in a pony tail is a mom’s cut.

  3. You look awesome! I have been looking for an excuse for us to head to the Raleigh area so I may need you to give me the number to your stylist ;)

  4. I. LOVE. IT!!!!!! Love, love, LOVE IT!!! You look awesome!!

  5. I like it!

  6. HOT! I love it! Granted, mine looks suspiciously similar… and I’m not a mom yet… Hrmmmm…

  7. Ha. twenty years, huh? Good luck with that. And Em’s comment cracked me up. You said almost the same thing when I cut my hair really short and made it brown again when you were about 8. Kids are all alike. :-)

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