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Thursday, January 13, 2011

I don't need your sympathy, it was 1985 for pete's sake! Lots of people had this hairstyle. Didn't they?

I had my 10th grade year book out trying to place a name with a face when Sarah said, "I want to see your picture."

I flipped through the pages and quickly found my picture.

"That's not you!"

"Yes it is."

"No it's not!"

"Yes it is!"

"You look funny," she giggled.

I did look a little funny.  My hair was short.  Very short.

I had gone to the hairstylist a few weeks before the picture and told her to cut all of the perm out of my hair.  Since I was only a naive 10th grader at the time, I failed to realize that since the perm was all over my entire head "cutting out the perm" would entail cutting all of my hair.

But after a little getting used to, I guess the hairstyle wasn't all that bad and as I perused the pages of my yearbook, it seemed that many girls had the same super short hairstyle.

Sarah continued to giggle and then she started to get embarrassed.  "I feel bad for you," she said quietly.

"Don't feel bad for me honey. Lots of people had this hairstyle."

"But I feel bad for you."  She wouldn't look at me when she said this.

"It's o.k. Really."

"But, Mommy, I feel so bad for you." She repeated this over and over and over again.

"I don't need your sympathy!!" I was starting to get a little annoyed.

"What's that she asked?" pointing to my Add-A-Bead necklace.

"It's a necklace."

"Oh," she replied slowly. "You put on a necklace to make yourself look...look...look...more like a..."

"A girl!" I replied. "Is that what you were going to say??" 

"Mommy.  I feel so bad for you."

I showed the picture to Jennifer and her kids later that day and they all laughed.  I think they felt bad for me too.


Kimberly said...

That's classic! I had a similar style that I called the "mushroom head" in 1985 as well...only I won't tell you what grade I was in. I mean, you don't need anymore sympathy, right?!?! mother wore one a lot when I was little. One time I noticed there were little divots in her beads. I asked what happened. Apparently, I would chew her necklace when I was teething. Ha!

You are brave to share your trip down memory lane with us!

Pam said...

Well, what I think is ironic is how much you look like Sarah in the picture! Obviously, the hair style is different, but the face is the same!

RR Mama said...

Yes that was a popular hair style. You were not alone. And so were the add a beads. I think I might still have my necklace stuffed in a box some where.

Mari said...

Kids love those pics. I think you look pretty cute!

Jaina said...

But it grew back lovely I think ;)

Heather said...

Pam, I was thinking the same thing....Sarah!
This is hilarious, Beth!!! a few more snow days and lets see what else you can come up with;o)

Anonymous said...

can't. stop. laughing.
not at your picture, but at your stylish sarah 'feeling so bad for you.' =)

my best friend had that hair style in school, and i loved it!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

LOL! I had that exact same haircut in 10th grade. It was not a good look on me, either. ;)

Thank the Lord we have outgrown bad hair and add-a-bead necklaces!

Laural Out Loud said...

Oh, man, you just brought back the memories! I had a horrible horrible perm situation in the 9th grade, and I should've done what you did instead of growing it out, lol.

Kim said...

I had the exact same hairstyle and an add a bead necklace too :) You were so in style!