Monday, September 10, 2012
Abuelas, Nanas, Nonnas, Omas, Babcias, Grandmeres, Memeres, Bubbes, Nai Nais.
If you're fortunate enough to either still have a grandmother, or remember the presence of a grandmother in your life, then I'll bet you'll have an old wives' tale you can pass on to me. Something you heard from your meemaw's lips, some firm belief she entrusted to your care, to then cast over your own children's lives.
For us, growing up raised by my Colombian Abuela, one of the first wives' tales we heard was "No cut a baby's hair before he is one year old! No!" Bad things could happen if you did. So don't tempt the fates - don't, and leave well enough alone within that one year rule; the way mothers have been doing since the first generation of child-rearing.
Today, I tell the story of what happened when I almost broke the almighty one-year no haircut rule, and took my son for his first haircut - with my mother present. You can read all about it at TikiTiki Blog today, where I write a monthly memoir column. TikiTiki Blog, one of my favorite sites because of the culture, the variety, the passion and pride that you see displayed on every page.
I hope you click over, read about a bi-cultural life, and knowing when to pick your battles.
The One-Year Haircut Rule, at TikiTiki.