The other day, my oldest daughter and I were practically rolling on the floor laughing! She had one of those moments when she realized … gasp … that she is becoming more and more like her mom. Hey, we’ve all had those moments – and not all of them are funny. But this one was!! Hysterical in fact! And in the telling of her own ridiculously silly story, she reminded me of an incident back in the late 1990’s when we were still living in California. But first a little background…
I have raised my two daughters, both married now to fine and godly men, as a single parent since they were 4 and 7. And as a single parent, I think I felt the weight of keeping my family safe a little differently than many moms might – after all, there was no husband around to check out those bumps in the night. In addition to being a light sleeper (listening for noises that don’t belong), I regularly checked the doors before going to bed, ‘cleared the house’ when we’d all been out for a considerable period of time, and all the other things that one does to protect their children. After all, that’s what parents do.
Well, by the time of this particular event, my daughters were well into their teens, and I had just returned home from work about the same time as they arrived home from after school events. It was while I was moving about the house that I discovered a rather large clump of ‘freshly cut hair’ in the bathroom. You know, like when you go to the salon for a major style change and they cut off locks of hair which then fall to the floor in clusters (for example, large ringlets of wavy hair)? Well, it was like that. Like someone had cut their hair in my bathroom. But this was just ONE clump of ‘freshly cut hair’, and it wasn’t ours!!!!
I was completely freaked out! My brain could make no sense of this! Feeling very violated and very vulnerable, I began to panic. They tell me that with hair in hands, I ran back and forth through our little 900′ house chanting “what kind of pervert breaks into someone’s house to cut their hair???” I was even considering calling the police! I suspect it would have gone something like this:
911 Operator: 911, what is your emergency?
Me: I think someone broke into my house!
911 Operator: Is there evidence of a break in?
Me: No, not that I can find.
911 Operator: Is anything missing?
Me: No, not that I know of.
911 Operator: What makes you think someone broke in to your home?
Me: There is a clump of hair in the bathroom!!!
Well, you can imagine how that would have sounded! Thankfully, my daughters are a lot smarter than their mom. I now blame it on that strange mysterious thing that happens when you turn 40. You know … when the brain kinda flickers on and off? After about an hour of looking like a complete lunatic before my daughters, they both start laughing hysterically and point to a patch on the top of my head where my hair suddenly goes from about 8″ to only 2″ in length! Yup, I had burned off my own hair with the curling iron that morning and didn’t even notice it!!!! Which also means I also went to work looking like that!
Well, there is a reason to my telling this story … but you’re going to have to wait for it. My youngest daughter, still very much smarter than her mom, has pointed out that shorter blogs are preferred to long dissertations. So you guessed it – this is a “Part 1 of 2” type of blog post. But while you wait, hopefully you have had a good chuckle and maybe even remembered a few silly things you’ve done over the years.
“A merry heart does good, like medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22a)
It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself, even better if others can laugh with you!! Why don’t you add your own story to the comment section and we’ll keep the laughter going!
PS – don’t forget to check back next week for Part 2!!