Archive - June 30, 2011

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Two Teachers
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Fact or Hairsay?

Two Teachers

When Avery was diagnosed near the end of my maternity leave, I gave up teaching in order to stay home with her. It was the right choice, but some days when I walk down the school corridor, as a parent, no longer a teacher, I feel a twinge of regret. I miss my grade two classroom with its brightly coloured bulletin boards and pet Hermit Crabs. Wait, scratch that. I don’t miss the crabs. They were smelly. But I do miss my students and the funny things they’d say. Like the girl who went home after the first day of school and excitedly announced to her parents, “Mrs. Thornbury is nice and she has crabs.”   In retrospect, fish probably would have made a better class pet. When my son entered grade two last fall, I felt oddly possessive. This was MY grade. What if I didn’t like the teacher? What if she wasn’t doing it right?? I feared I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from making comparisons. I imagined myself going all “Incredible Hulk”, turning green and shredding my pants out of anger and frustration, until I morphed into “that parent.” The know-it-all-in-your-face-pain-in-the-ass-parent. For the first few weeks of[…]

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Fact or Hairsay?

  Hair, why must you be so unruly? I spend far too much time, money and effort taming, smoothing and styling you. I am NOT your personal fluffer thank you very much.   How often do you wash your hair? Daily? Twice a week? How about NEVER?   Alex admits to not having used shampoo in a year.  She’s gorgeous and her hair looks great. As I showered this morning, scrubbing bubbles and god knows what else into my scalp, I wondered, “Can I forgo shampoo?”   Shelli, another shiny haired babe shared this interesting link:  The Dirt On Getting Beautiful Hair: Stop Washing It.   It makes sense, but it brings me back to the time I tried to give up deodorant. It lasted two days. Two stinky days. FYI, those deodorant crystal things do not work, but they look lovely in the garden.   If I don’t shampoo daily, I end up looking like my hair has been painted on, like a ceramic doll. I’ve heard if you stop washing your hair or at least don’t wash it as often, your scalp adjusts and eventually stops overproducing oil. But, I worry that if my hair is left to[…]

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