Sometimes, in the face of adversity, one has to make choices.
Mothers, through years of first hand experience, learn to make those choices count with as little pain as possible.
In addition, we know that even the best laid plans must sometimes be set aside as obstacles prevent us from moving forward.
Tee's plan was to grow his hair out and celebrate it in all it's shaggy, moppy, glory.
Unfortunately, he got lice and his beautifully thick head of hair went from being an asset to a liability almost overnight.
So, in the face of adversity and with all the authority vested in me as the Momma, called an audible.
"Tee, you gotta get a buzz cut for me."
"Not a chance."
"Please?!! You're hair is so thick it's taking me forever each day to go through it.""
"But, buddy, if we miss ANYTHING, you'll have the lice re-appear and you'll have to miss school again."
"That's O.K., Mom."
"No, no wait. You need to cut your hair! (with the enthusiasm only a girl who's never been a cheerleader can muster) It's gonna look great! Fabulous! Handsome! Better than ever!"
"I'll give you $35."
Tonight, though, as I comb through his beautifully - short hair in a fraction of the time, I believe I'll be o.k. with it.