“I want pink tails tomorrow,” Isabelle told me as I showered her last night.
“You want what?” I asked.
“Pink tails!” she declared.
“What are you talking about?” I asked, perplexed.
“I want to wear pink tails to school tomorrow,” she responded.
“Do you mean pigtails?” I asked.
“Yes!” she replied.
We practiced slowing down the word pigtails a few times. Then, I agreed to it.
For anyone who knows my daughter, she wears her shoulder-length curly hair down every day. Her bangs, which are grown-out, are held back by a bow that is color-coordinated with her outfit. The only time she doesn’t wear her hair like this is when she goes swimming.
“Why do you want to wear pigtails tomorrow?” I asked.
“I’m getting my hair cut short on Friday and I want to wear them before I cut it,” she replied.
“Well, that’s a good reason,” I replied. “After your shower, I’ll need to put your hair in pigtail buns on the top of your head. Then, in the morning, we’ll take it down and put the pigtails in your hair. Unless, of course, the pigtail buns bother you when you lay down in bed. Then we’ll need a new plan.” (NOTE: You cannot brush dry curly hair, which is why I had to prepare for this hair event the night before.)
“Okay, mommy,” she replied.
This morning, Isabelle stood still while I removed the buns from her hair and brushed her still-wet hair into two pigtails. She was BEYOND excited for her new ‘do.
Tomorrow, it’s back to wearing hair down with a bow… unless she asks for pigtails (or even pink tails) again.