When life hands you lemons – make lemonade
Photo: The “after” photo concluding our barber shop visit
I am sure that you have heard about this saying before. Today, we got another great opportunity to make plenty of lemonade. My son and I went to the barber for him to get a haircut. 7” long hair was a little too long even for him and he conceded that 1.5” of it could go.
We went to the barber shop of his choice – he is very particular of that and it is about 40 minutes in the opposite direction of the one I favor. Once it was his turn sitting down on the barber chair of his most favorite shop we both remember saying to the one holding the electric clippers: “Take off 1.5 inches”. For a brief moment I did not pay attention and before I could say a word wads of my son’s hair were falling down to the floor. The barber had misunderstood us and now No.1 son had an inverse Mohawk hairdo. Instead of 1.5 inches off, the barber had understood using the number 1.5 blade of his electric clippers.
The silence in the barber shop and the embarrassed look of the barber were priceless. At the same time I was horrified. My son’s pride was the long hair he had groomed for a while now. Too little, too late. We told the barber to keep on going with the hair cut. I have to admit that I am still taken aback how well my son took this disaster. What would mom say? What would his schoolmates say? How about his other friends? How about all the Christmas season and holiday photos. Oh my!
All he could say were things like: “At least mom won’t have to yell my having to brush my hair”, “Umm, well, it will grow back”, “Look, my uncle has the same haircut – but my hair will grow back!”, “Hey, I can wear a hat for our Christmas pictures, we just have to take them outside where it is cold.” One mom in the barber shop commended him for being so nice about this incident. What does one say to that?
Take away is that he could have easily flipped out, but he didn’t. He made lemonade galore today. He inspired a few kids and adults with how he reacted to crisis. Remember, it is not what happens to you, it is all about what you make out of it. It is about the choices you make of how you react.
What lemonade moments are you really proud of the most?