Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Twist...Retwist...Untwist...Repeat

"I want you to straighten my hair for Christmas"

she said as I pretended not to hear her...

I knew exactly what she was saying, but I was not ready to go there

"Mommy, did you hear me?" she asked incessantly, "I want you to straighten my hair!"

and I heard her

loud
and clear

But for nine years I have been taking care of this little girl's hair...

Twist
Re-twist
Untwist
Repeat

Like a dance
a beautifully choreographed piece of work

(that I see no reason to change now)

Before the routine

we begin with our usual warm-up, detangling with care,
to make sure we don't pull anything unnecessarily

and then the dance is ready to begin...

Twist
Re-twist
Untwist
Repeat

Twist
Re-twist
Untwist
Repeat

Twist...
 each section to prevent the curls from tangling together


wash and

Re-twist...
each section into smaller sections to ensure the protection of each strand
 
A week later we shampoo and condition again, this time
with twists still in, allowing the hair to air dry overnight, and then 
Untwist...
the sections to give the hair a week of freedom

  

until the following week when we

Repeat...
by starting the entire process all over again!

But last week I decided to...

loosen up a little
deviate a little
provide a little

variation to our usual dance
(by blow drying my daughter's hair)


because I know that

she is growing up
and one day

I will have to take a seat altogether

(allowing her to dance alone)

So for now we're back to our perfectly choreographed routine...

Twist
Re-twist
Untwist
Repeat

because I can clearly see that we're moving along just fine!


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