Thursday 9 June 2011



Put her hair in braids today;
It may be your only chance.
Give her a nice red ribbon.
Time wil pass very quickly
And before you tie the bow,
I think she'll be all grown up.
Little girls become young women fast;
So put her hair in pigtails for it sure won't last.

There is a scene in the remake of Father of the Bride(1991) where the family is seated at the dining room table and the daughter announces that she is engaged. The father, played by Steve Martin, gives his daughter a double take, tells her she is too young to get married and imagines her once again as a little girl with pigtails sitting across from him.

Before I had children, parents would advise me that when I had children, I would blink and they would be all grown up. I didn't believe it until I saw it with my own eyes. It seems like yesterday my son was born and now he is almost as tall as me. He is going through a growth spurt and is hungry all of the time. I never thought that I would see anyone eat faster than my husband, but I think my son has broken his record. Similarly, it seems like only a couple of years ago I was pregnant with my little girl and now she has outgrown her car booster seat.

Usually, I style my daughter's hair with either a ponytail, a braid, or a bun. However, today, for the first time in a year or more, I put my little girl's hair in pigtails. There seems to be some confusion as to what pigtails are so I looked up the term in the dictionary and discovered that they are definitely braids (they ressemble a pig's tail), not ponytails. I was happy to see that although my daughter is growing up fast, she is still definitely young enough for pigtails.

So, before another year passes, I'll have to "put her hair in pigtails while I have the chance". Because before I know it, she'll be sitting at my dining room table announcing: "Guess what, Mom & Dad? I'm engaged!"

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1 comment:

  1. LOL It's funny that we both posted about hair today. Definitely true what you wrote--they grow up so fast!