Chop

2 Dec

Snip. Snip.

Locks of her dark brown hair tumbled to the salon floor. She watched them fall, not making a sound as the pile grew.

It had always been her best feature – her hair. Thick and naturally wavy, it was easy to fix and she’d always kept it long. In light of her disagreeable skin and wider-than-she’d-like hips, she allowed herself a little vanity when it came to her hair.

Rob loved her hair. Liam had wrapped his tiny fingers in it while he nursed.

And now she was chopping it all off.

“So when are you due?”

The stylist’s voice startled her and the chatter and bustle of the salon washed over Grace.

“Oh, um, two months from now.”

“A Christmas baby! How exciting!”

“Yes. Thanks.” Grace smiled a tight-lipped smile at the stylist – Kim according to her nametag - in the mirror.

“You know, I had a cousin who was born on Christmas and …”

Grace let Kim talk, thankful that she seemed satisfied with the occasional “Mmm hmm” or “Oh, really?” from Grace.

Grace watched Kim’s hands in the mirror, deftly manuevering the scissors and comb. When Grace first sat down in her chair and Kim had asked her what she wanted, she had said “I want it short. And blonde.”

“That’s it?” said Kim.

“That’s it. I trust your judgment. Just something short.”

“Okay then! I think I know just the cut!” and Kim began chopping.

And as her hair fell around her, Grace felt herself letting go of any expectations she’d had – about this pregnancy, about her marriage, about how she thought her life would look at 34 years old. None of it had gone the way she’d hoped and here she was, changing the thing about herself she loved the most. She didn’t know what was going to happen to her.

So, she thought, it’s time to let go and find out.

This post was inspired by a prompt from Write on Edge:

This week we asked you to write about hair. So many of us have a love-hate relationship with it. For some of us, it’s our defining feature. Whatever it means to you – or to your characters – we want to know about it.

But we don’t want you to simply describe it. We want you to use it as a vehicle to tell us something about your character, a situation, you or your life. And you needed to keep it to 300 words.

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8 Responses to “Chop”

  1. idiosyncratic eye December 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    This sounds like the beginning of something and I want to know more about those expectations. I hope letting the hairdresser have free reign works out for her too! :)

  2. Life of a Doctor's Wife December 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    I am loving the snippets of this novel. I’m already totally won over by Grace.

    My favorite line phrase of this post: “disagreeable skin” LOVE.

  3. betsy December 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    At first I wasn’t sure where this was going… she let the hairdresser have free reign over the cut! I did that once and ended up with a Carol Brady shag crossed with a mullet. Not a good look! But I like the link between getting a cut and letting go. Good job with the story and the prompt!

  4. The M Half December 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    I’m intrigued. Why is she where she is at 34 years old? What does that have to do with her pregnancy? Why is she cutting her hair?

    Oh, I have to wait?! Drat! This is great. I forgot I was reading a “prompt” and just wanted more.

  5. Cheryl @ Mommypants December 2, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    I definitely wanted to know more about Grace. There was something sad about her.

  6. Galit Breen December 3, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    Love this! You’ve created a memorable and relatable character whose story is begging to be told!

    I love the way you focused in on one moment and revealed more about her story, one slice at a time. Perfect.

  7. Pamela D Hart December 4, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    And as her hair fell around her, Grace felt herself letting go of any expectations she’d had – about this pregnancy, about her marriage, about how she thought her life would look at 34 years old.None of it had gone the way she’d hoped and here she was, changing the thing about herself she loved the most. She didn’t know what was going to happen to her.

    LOVED this description…it definitely made me wanting to know so much more about Grace!

    Visiting via Red Writing Hood

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