Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The one where I lose my cred. Yo.

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.""

"No way."

"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!"

"Seriously?  Never."

"I'll give you $35."

"Done."



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Now, I realize that, in one fail swoop, I may have lost all credibility with you as a parent.

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.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

What mother has not stooped to bribery at one time or another? None, I tell you. Your son looks great and, dare I say...older. Richer, too.

Joyce said...

There are times when bribery is needed and I do believe this was one of those times...you're off the hook! He looks handsome...is he smiling really big because he loves the new look or because he's $35 richer? Either way-it works!

Natalie Fournet said...

Worth the $35

I pay my son $2 for every bug he kills and disposes of in my house...he is one rich boy:)

Cole said...

Wow, he looks older with short hair!

Sometimes, bribes are called for. :-)

Sheryl said...

oh i love this!! he looks pretty darn good and i'm sure you are much happier.

way to hold out for the cash, tee!

Traci said...

Priceless. And it has to be cooler.

Joy said...

I love his new hair do. It makes him look older. (I'm sure you didn't want to hear that. ;-)

emily said...

Awesome. We love bribery over here. Remember Charlie?? :)

Tee looks fabulous and older I might say!! Tell him the ladies will love it.

Best Life said...

You have lost credibility with me, but not in your mothering. In your bargaining skills. I'll bet you could've gotten it for 10. Lisa~

Caroline said...

Loved it! Hope you and Tee are both enjoying the new do!

darnold23 said...

Sounds like the perfect plan to me! Cute boy. Come share your slow cooker recipes at Crock Pot Wednesday. I would love to see you there. diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com

Christy@pipandsqueak said...

I love the new cut!

We all bribe. I do it all the time. "If you eat your green beans you can have a popsicle" is a favorite

happygeek said...

A good momma gets the job done.
You did.
Doesn't matter how, you got the job done.
Thus says the momma who bought the extra-large bag of popcorn for her pre-schooler so he would sit quietly while she got a haircut.

Candy said...

Oh my! And to think I was running my fingers through that lice infested mop last Thursday before they revealed themselves!!

Tee, buddy. You look so much older. But, your mama is right: you are handsome!!

Love you. Your unbiased,

Nanny

gjalston said...

If an occasion ever called for bribery... this was it! I'd have done the same thing ~ only I'd have started way lower than $35!!!

Becca said...

haha at least you're generous - $35! :-)

missy said...

i TOTALLY lived this exact scenario one month ago. my son got a "lice inspired" cut. he cried silent tears the whole time as his long hair was a bit of an identity thing for him. i bought him two video games the next day totaling $52. he stopped crying and i could deal with the lice. your son looks very handsome!

These Three Kings said...

No cool points for you on this one!

hahaha I kid!
wow!! I love the cut! Go Tee for making dat money!

Holli said...

thumbs up!
I would look at it more as paying the lice to leave! and that is priceless!!!

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Karin Katherine said...

He has a smile only a kid with an extra $35 could sport. Congrats to you and your young millionaire in the making.

Anonymous said...

I'm calling Dr. Phil ~ $35 has to be against some kind of parenting rule!!!! Haha! He is so handsome. :) Sumer

LoLa said...

this is the funniest thing I've read all week.