What she wore: white capris (here in the sourth, Easter is the official harbinger of white below the waist), teal tee with an itty-bitty pocket, teal slides with a kitten heel. The girls liked the shoes, but my new ‘do far over-shadowed their fabulosity.
It’s Monday, so I won’t burden you with anything too heavy-duty. Just a little tidbit, from my experience with kids from other ethnic backgrounds.
Last Thursday I cut my hair. The kids have not seen it yet. I knew this was going to cause a lot of reaction because something like cutting your hair always creates a stir among students. They don’t expect us to change AT ALL!
So, I’m in the hall and one of the kids calls out, "Oh, Mrs. Mo still has her Easter hair." For those of you that don’t know what this means, he was stating that my hair ‘do from Easter Sunday was still on my head. Nevermind that a white girl would rather die than have someone think she doesn’t wash her hair regularly. Most of my kids have a hair style for a week or two, and after a dance they proudly keep their hair in that up ‘do as long as it will hold.
I digress. The student did not realize that I had cut my hair. I went over to show him that I had cut it. He looked closely. "You mean it’s not going to go back to the way it was?" he asked. He was dumbfounded.
For African Americans hair is more flexible–it can be short one week and long the next. Up in the fall, braided in the spring. Different colors and different styles are common. Never ask, "is she the girl with curly hair?" because one days it’s curly and the next it’s been "permed" straight.
But, I had an ace in my pocket he didn’t see coming–"feel how soft it is," I said and let him touch my hair. Soft curls are something that most of my kids have never felt. I let all the kids touch my new hair ‘do and they all agreed–cutting it was worth it if I got to have such soft hair.
I know how these kids think!
I realize that letting a bunch of adolescents touch your hair might sound a bit strange to some, but for me it’s just an extension of their education–now they have a little bit of knowledge about a group of people that are different than they are.