#SOCS #Prompt “Why don’t you cut that mop?”
It’s time to participate in Linda Hill’s prompt. For 2/4/2017, it’s HAIR.
NOTE: Although my husband only asked me that question once, years ago, it makes a good flash fiction prompt.
“Why don’t you cut that mop,” my husband asked.
“Short hair just isn’t me,” I replied.
My fingers sifted through each hair, smoothing it as if petting one of my dogs. My nerves began to calm, and I felt beautiful.
“It’s frayed at the ends,” he said. “Why don’t you cut off the frayed part.”
“I use a conditioner on the ends,” I replied.
How do you explain to a man with a buzz cut that it takes 2 years to grow that 6 inches of fray. If it were his appendage, he might care.
Why would I want to look like every other woman 6 decades old who wears her hair like this (without the face lift accessory)?
“You look ridiculous.”
“So do you, but I don’t love you any less,” I replied.
Some days you just have to give as good as you get, and spend time with someone who loves you.