We were having a really good time collecting rocks, caterpillars and leaves until Asher found the biggest leaf he'd ever seen and asked me to reach into the bush to get it. I had Abe on my back in a hiking backpack and so I bent down awkwardly to pull the leaf. As I started to come back up I realized that my hair was stuck and I couldn't move my head a single inch. I thought that maybe Abe had grabbed my hair and wasn't letting go, but it turned out that I had snagged my ponytail in a whole bunch of cockle burrs and I was stuck... really stuck.
I pulled and I pulled but I couldn't get my hair untangled. After about five minutes I was considering calling a friend to come up and cut me out when, with one final effort, I took both my hands and pried my head off of the bush.
Ouch, ouch, ouch.
I left behind a real nice brown nest for some lucky birds this spring.
After getting out of the bush I had a head full of burrs and Asher and Rose thought it was really funny. Asher kindly tried to yank some of the burrs out of my hair... ouch! I have never had many burrs (at least 20) tangled that badly before in anything! I tried my best to pull out as many as I could but wow, they hurt... and each one took a big wad of my hair with it.
|Me trying to pull burrs out of my hair|
On the way there Rose decided that she wanted to get her hair cut too. I was really excited about this because that little girl won't let me lay a finger on her hair. She insists on doing it herself (unless I can bribe her) and so usually her hair is a wild mess. I have been gently trying to suggest to her that we could cut her hair, so that it wasn't so mess, but she just told me that she likes messy hair. So I was thrilled when she suggested a hair cut!
When I got to my friend's house she just laughed and said that she might be able to wash and brush the burrs out-- but that just sounded really painful to me-- so I told her to just cut all my hair off. I was pretty tired of it anyway and thought that now was as good a time as any for a big change.
|Me right before the big cut|
|A part of the snarled mess|
I am really laid back about my hair and so I didn't really care what she did to it.... I just wanted the burrs out! She had to cut it short (and in an A-line) because the burrs were high up on my head. I wasn't planning on short hair anytime soon but I actually really love it. It makes me feel like a burden has been lifted and I really like that.
Rose got her hair cut right after I did and it was so cute to see how intent she was on not wiggling.
Her hair cut turned out cute and she loves it that now we have matching hair.
Her very first hair cut!
So our nature walk turned out to be a very eventful, and unexpected, afternoon,
Mostly I am just really proud of myself because I didn't get frustrated and was able to laugh about it the whole time... except maybe for the "tearing my head out of the bush" part.
I won't lie... that really hurt.
What is your most memorable hair experience?