Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hair Today. . .

I don’t pretend to understand it, but do have this particular topic tabbed in the Good Husband Handbook for quick reference whenever the need arises. Empathy is the key here guys. But, of course, you already know this.

Even if you really do like her new haircut, it does absolutely no, I repeat NO, good to mention that fact. Because when haircut trauma is happening, all forms of man styled logic can simply be chucked out the nearest open window.

Now, I have short hair and can only guess at how I would feel at having a part of me removed. It wouldn't be pretty. Over time I have come to realize that hair trauma is a natural by-product when a woman with beautiful, silky, long locks like those that my wife possesses has them altered. Short or long, it doesn’t make a difference. Even when the amount actually removed is barely noticeable to best male-trained eye, the symptoms will appear (begining approximately 3-4 hours after she returns home).

That being said I was surprised, but nonetheless well prepared, recently when Mrs. LIAYF suffered a serious bout of hair trauma. The only difference with this particular trauma was that it was not triggered by a shortening of her own beautiful hair. No, not at all. Rather, this particular episode was triggered by a professional barber shortening the moppy locks of none other than our son Lukas!


(Getting moppy again just a week later)
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Thankfully, this trauma did pass somewhat sooner than those bouts associated with her own haircuts. Oddly, I could find nothing in the Good Husband Handbook related to this type of trauma transference.

Maybe it’s in an appendix?

14 comments:

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

It is the most traumatic of traumas it has its own volume..

But seriously, dude is so freaking CUTE!

SciFi Dad said...

When I was a baby - maybe 15 months or so - my aunt cut my relatively long blonde (everyone else in my extended family has dark brown hair, including me now - except of course for my wife and kids, who are blondes... I keep telling my wife I want a paternity test for Father's Day) per my mother's request.

Later that day, my aunt was driving my grandmother and me somewhere, and my grandmother was holding me (in the front seat, while the car was moving... ah 1970s). My grandmother was talking to me, cooing, and suddenly she started shaking me rather violently, shouting "WHO CUT YOUR HAIR?!? WHO CUT YOUR HAIR?!?" while my head wobbled on my weak neck.

That story is usually used by my family to explain why I do stupid things.

(Also, handsome boy there.)

WILLIAM said...

Wait until he cuts his own hair...then there willbe trauma.

Eric said...

He looks good man! He will be fightin off the ladies at the playground...

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DCUrbanDad said...

Wait till he won't cut his hair or shave.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Shave it!

Mrs. Liayf said...

Blasphemous, X-Box! Mommies want their little boys to look like little boys for at least a little while. Lukas can shave his head, or dye his hair, when he's 10 (if he wants to). I'll still probably have hair trauma then too.

Being us... said...

Not that it matters or will ease the sting of the wound, but he is awfully adorable with his new look!!

Super Mega Dad said...

I think it looks really good, but I'm partial to shorter hair on boys. I shave Super Michael's and my own hair fairly short. Ever since he started complaining about his head being hot, it always stays really short.

I think both my mom and wife cried for hours the first time I cut his golden curls.

morethananelectrician said...

My wife still has a similar trauma about my 9 year old's hair that lost it curl after the first major haircut..eight years ago.

My 17 month old is going to be 16 before she'll let me cut his hair.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Kelley - See, I was reading the wrong book!

@Scifi - Ha! That is a hilarious story. Yeah, the 70's when we would load about 10 kids in the back of a pickup truck and zoom off to town.

@William - Yes, that will be a rather traumatic day indeed.

@Eric - Absolutely. Thanks for the link. And congrats again on the gig.

@Xbox - I see you have been properly responded to already, so I will just say 'Thanks for stopping by'

@Sweets - 10? How about 15?

@Being us - Thanks. I like it too.

@Super Mega Dad - You have the advantage of California weather on that front. "I had to cut it honey, his head was hot!"

@MTAE - The ladies do bond with the hair, don't they? I don't think guys get it. At least I don't, I just try to sympathize.

Captain Dumbass said...

I remember when my BIL shaved my nephew's head when my sister left them alone. His recovery took months of intensive care.

Knatolee said...

In my opinion, haircuts can be very traumatic for women, but not having children of my own, I can't comment on child-haircut trauma transference. However I can say that your son is incredibly cute, and I like his toy gecko!