The First Day of Spring

Here are some springtime quotes courtesy of Jim Erskine of Homeschool Radio Shows. (Which by the way, if you’ve never visited, please check it out, he sends out a free radio show via email every week.  My kids love them!)   Feel free to feast upon these quotes and choose with me to ignore the fact that the forecast is calling for 6″ of snow tonight…

“If spring came but once a century instead of once a year,
or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence,
what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts
to behold the miraculous change. ” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me
bang in the face. ” — Langston Hughes
“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”
— Virgil A. Kraft
“Spring is a heart full of hope and a shoe full of rain.” — Unknown

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
— Anne Bradstreet
“A little Madness in the spring Is wholesome even for the King.”
— Emily Dickinson
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
— Margaret Atwood

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Where have you been all my life?

I never saw it coming.  We had been in pre-marital counseling for weeks.  The pastor had made us discuss our expectations on everything, from who would take out the garbage to how often each of us anticipated marital relations, but I never saw this coming.

Only a few short weeks after we returned from our honeymoon, my dearest husband announced, “I want you to give me a haircut.”  WHAT!!!!!!??????

Now please understand that I’ve never been exactly confident about my appearance and my hair in particular has always given me fits, so his request seemed akin to handing me a scalpel and asking me to perform open heart surgery.

“I’ve never paid for a haircut in my entire life and I’m not going to start now,” he explained.  I tried.  I reasoned.  I explained that I had gone to college to be a teacher, not to beauty school …I had no skills in this area.  “Just do it,” he said, “Who’s going to laugh at me, the pigs?  A bad haircut will always grow out by next week.”

In the afterglow of our honeymoon, I knew I must obey my husband.  I proceeded to give him the worst haircut known to mankind.  I had no idea what I was doing.  I cried afterwards and he comforted me and somehow found enough hairgel to disguise what an awful wife he had for church on Sunday.  It wasn’t the last time.  His haircuts became progressively less awful through our first year of marriage, but it wasn’t soon enough for me.  I begged my friend Laura (who was my beautician) to help.  She gave me a couple of elementary guidelines to follow and he’s been pretty decent looking ever since. ;o)

15 years of marriage later (in September) I still give John haircuts.  John cuts the hair of our two teenaged sons, because I’m still afraid of the hairclippers (just like I’m afraid of the sewing machine); but they are starting to assert their desires about how they look.  No longer are they content to have mom pick out what she wants them to wear and let dad buzz their hair, and worst of all there is the desire for stylish haircuts!!

All this to say that Nancy at Homeschooling is Life is hosting a contest to give away a copy of her ebook “Haircuts for Little Men”. (Thanks, Patricia for the tip!). Go check it out!! I hope I win one, because my attempts of late at a “cool” boys haircut have been, well…, bringing up some “bad” memories! ;o)