The Seven Sneezes by Olga Cabral 1948
It was a little after noon when I noticed that things had gotten awfully quiet in my kid's bedrooms. I silently walked down the hallway to find Andrew, age 2 1/2 smiling gleefully with a pair of round headed scissors in his hands. His sister, Stephanie, age 4, sat quietly at her pint sized dressing table with a towel draped regally over her shoulders. She turned and greeted me with, "Hi mommy! We're playing hair dresser!" Her smile was contagious as she proudly sat on her pink stool displaying her new hairdo and looking more like a teenager than a 4 year old.
As I took a closer look at my daughter I noticed that her hair did look dramatically different. She was missing something. She didn't just have a small chunk of hair missing; the entire chestnut fringed bangs which used to kiss her forehead were gone! Instead, her shiny pink forehead peeked out at me. Andy boasted loudly that he had made his sister, Stephie " so pretty"!
I remember clearly taking the scissors away from Andrew as I told myself not to panic. Hair would grow back. The unfortunate thing was that even at age 4, Stephie had very little hair to begin with and this had just made matters worse. I also remember clearly two beautiful little cherub faces looking up at me expectantly unsure of their immediate future.
Some 20 years later Stephanie has grown a head full of beautiful hair and Andrew no longer harbors a desire to be the next Vidal Sasoon. Although I did not lose my cool that day I did spend quite a bit of time insuring that we had shut down our home beauty shop and explaining that we did not ever cut each other's hair.
II bet that this has happened to may a parent. However, if this scenario has not yet to make it to your home just remember that when it does - stay cool, don't panic and remember that hair does grow back, even if it takes a long, long time!