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Do Not Worry Son It Will Grow Back

Week before middle school
Twelve and shy
Sent to get haircut
With three dollars
Clippers were brought out
I was too scared to look
I had never had a store-bought haircut before
The man had a funny smell.
I would not know it was alcohol for several more years.
He sang while he used a razor on my head.
When he was done I looked up.
He said "Three dollars son."
I started to cry.
A tear ran down my face.
He had given me a buzz cut.
I had not grown any kind of indicators that I 
was a girl. I had never thought to tell him.
"Don't worry, Son," he said, as he took my three
dollars. "It will grow back."
So I went to middle school looking like 
a male army recruit, at the age of twelve.
Worst year of my life.
At that time.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 4/6/2019 5:32:00 PM
And I thought I had the worst childhood haircut stories ever... so sorry, my friend. That had to be incredibly traumatic!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/7/2019 12:10:00 AM
I am still mad. But not enraged, or ready to kill like before.
Date: 4/6/2019 4:17:00 PM
oh, caren! my heart aches for your 12 year old self! wonderfully told, as always...
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/7/2019 12:11:00 AM
It was really SAD. A bow would not stay glued on.
Date: 4/6/2019 1:51:00 PM
Oh, Lord...I hate when anyone cuts my haircut short. I fuss a lot I think hairdressers are deaf.!)! Enjoyed this one.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/7/2019 12:11:00 AM
I was too shy to mention the gender thing.
Date: 4/6/2019 1:42:00 PM
What a nightmare! There's nothing worse than a military cut.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/7/2019 12:12:00 AM
When you are a shy girl, in 1964, it was really bad.
Date: 4/6/2019 3:22:00 AM
You could have used a wig :) Hugs.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/6/2019 8:35:00 AM
I came to Kansas in a covered wagon; we lost our hair, we did not have wigs yet; they were invented back east, and only the rich had them.