Saturday, May 23, 2009


When crazy hair day is posted
as this weeks Friday activity
(last week was a picture of your pet,
the week prior a souvenir...)
you, the mother of the only
African-American child
in the preschool class
has the right to
and consider
your approach.

Do you comment,
suggest an alternative,
or educate?
You consider
each of the above
in three second
and land
on the combination
you are most familiar with:
adapt and educate

When your son's hair
does not invite
barrettes, gel, or braids
you have reason to consider
the value of
crazy hair day.

On the Thursday before
you mention to the teacher in your most
and cautiously insistent
voice that it would be appreciated if the class
could consider options for all kinds of hair
for success tomorrow.

Excuse me?

Well, crazy hair day can be a little
complicated for tight curly hair
like his.

A flash of realization washes over her face.

Oh my, I hadn't considered..

It's fine.
We'll figure it out.
They have hair sprays
you tell her, in pink and blue..

Your scour the shelves of the drug store
and explain to the manager
wearing the toupee
your predicament.
45 minutes later
as the groceries melt in the trunk
you find it,
the perfect solution
tucked behind the blush
and the tanning cream


Three days later and Sam still has
silver sparkle intergalactic eyeshadow
in his hair-
in five
Star Wars pilot Darth Vader

It was a huge success.
and lasted longer then the braids,
the gel, the rubber bands and
all the other
Caucasian hair accoutrements.



Anonymous said...

WOW!!!!!! just had a mini-salon here in wildcat canyon with shiela and we read out loud CRAZY hair and laughed and laughed. amazing you are. we love you. nice job mama C. xoxoxoxoxoxox sage & shiela may

Mama C said...

THAT JUST MADE MY DAY!!!! (And it is only 7 am--I am in for a great day then! Ohhhh I wish I was there. That piece came flying out of me last night before dinner.