Trust you all had great, productive weeks? Ours was good. Life seems to be less stressful since I implemented my routine. Anyway, to today’s blog post.
Ever had that one thing that you had never tried before but always ‘knew’ with certainty that you would be awesome at? I hope I am not alone on this one lol.
For me, that one thing is tennis. I meant to take lessons in 2008 during my master’s program abroad but…well, you know me by now🙂 Even though I have never played tennis in my entire life, I just feel like I will be a ‘natural’ at it because I have watched the sport for decades.
I even know what my on-court temperament will be like and I also have my favourite and clutch shot – a Justine Henin-Hardenne-like backhand down the line. Lol!
See, I even air-practice my backhand and imagine entire 2-set matches that I play and of course, win. Each match, I come back from like 0-5 in the first set. Lmao! I hope I am not spooking you guys out at this point:)
I AM NOT OPENING A BARBER’S SHOP JUST YET
Another thing is giving a haircut. I do not think I will be as good at this as I will be at tennis though. Tennis is my super-hero power:)
I have taken my son to the barber’s on a number of occasions and have watched keenly as the barber cut his hair. I couldn’t wait to one day try it out for myself. That day came this week!
With Mr O in Nigeria, I decided to give my son a haircut on Thursday. My son has really thick African hair and combing it had become quite difficult. So when I told him that mummy wanted to cut his hair, he was happy.
Fortunately for me, my son sits still for his haircuts. He normally can’t wait for the barber to finish doing his thing so that he can look in the mirror and admire his new haircut.
I considered briefly taking my son to a barber’s shop here in Ottawa then I remembered that we were new here and didn’t know anyone who could give us a good recommendation.
The normal Mrs O would have gotten onto her laptop and started researching, but that day, I just couldn’t be bothered. I would have been there for at least 1 hour reading through reviews upon reviews. It was going to be easier to cut the hair myself, or so I thought!
We brought our clipper from Nigeria so we had to buy a step-up transformer to be able to use our clipper here. We bought this $35 one from Amazon. It is a 500W transformer so I can use it with my hair dryer (I have not used that since we got here though).
Anyway, I brought all my tools out in the bathroom and dragged a chair in. My son sat down and I got to work. Let’s just say it was a mini-disaster.! The haircut kept changing with each stroke (is that the right word?) of the clipper.
It definitely did not go as I had planned it in my head. Lol! My son kept saying, “mama, can I look now?” but I did not want to freak him out.
Eventually. after about 30 minutes – during which time I sat on the toilet bowl (closed of course) and crouched on the floor just to get the perfect angle – I was done.
It really wasn’t that bad in the end, but I had moments where I thought and said out loud, “Lord, what have I done to my son?” I thought we would have to wear caps everywhere we went.
To make matters worse, when my son eventually looked in the mirror, he put his hands on his face and shouted, “worst day ever!” He did this a few times over the course of the next 30 minutes. I just shook my head.
I think he was quite shocked by his new look. He usually has his hair a bit high in the front. I really do not even know the correct terminology for haircuts, as you can probably tell already.
I kept consoling myself that if it was really bad, we would dash down to the nearest salon and try to fix it. Worst case, they would have to shave all his hair off! It ended up being lower than I envisaged, but we can definitely go out with his hair like this. Phew!
There is a little patch in front where the hair is lower, but it is not very noticeable, or so I hope.
WRAPPING IT ALL UP
Well, so I tried one of my one things out this week, and it turns out I am DEFINITELY not a natural barber. I will be keeping my day job (or jobs as it were) :).
I will also leave the haircutting to Mr O and/or professional barbers from now on. Let’s hope that my tennis dreams are not shattered if and when I begin my tennis lessons.
Do you have a one thing? What is it? Have you tried it out? If so, were you good at it? Has any mum tried to give their son a haircut? How did it turn out?
Fridays are now my hair days and officially the longest day of the week! So, its back to making my hair while I watch The Office on Netflix! Have a lovely and fun-filled weekend guys!