Posts Tagged ‘hairstyle’

Hair

Gabe

Over the last year, Gabe’s consciousness of his appearance has altered from concern with not looking a certain way (not wearing a coat, not wearing certain clothes) to a more positive interest in how he looks and what he wears.

At the beginning of the year he opted to go to a barber instead of having his hair clipped at home. He wanted frequent reassurance over which of the numbered grades of the clippers he should choose. From that episodic interest in his hair has developed, not a daily, but minute-by-minute focus. On school mornings, he will stand next to Eliza in L & my room in front of the mirrored cupboards. Eliza is styling, plaiting. Gabe is patting and pushing his hair. After a few minutes he’ll head downstairs where he stands in front of the hall mirror, performing the same minor adjustments to his hair. L reports that when he gets home from school he comes in the front door and stands at the hall mirror repeating the morning patting and coaxing of his hair.

Robin

Halfway through his second term of piano lessons, Robin has played his first performance to an audience. Two short pieces played to his classmates and parents at the junior school’s soiree afternoon. He said his hands were trembling with anxiety. L said she could see how nervous he was waiting his turn. He played both pieces well.

Eliza

Eliza’s after school violin lesson was moved back to accommodate her violin playing partner joining the school netball practice. Eliza decided to do the same and has been going to netball for the last few weeks. They practice passing, she says, as well as those things to stop passing.. ‘Interceptions?’ I suggest. ‘Yes, them’.

Crazy hair/own clothes day

The country’s co-ordinated day of giving to the less fortunate finds expression at our schools with relaxation, at a price, in uniform rules.

Robin

The infant school encouraged its pupils to come with crazy hair. The boys entered more fully into the spirit with coloured hair and gel shaped mohawks quite common.

Robin’s hair-do was unique. Its style mimicked the Prodigy. Eliza and L jointly made 16 little ponytails across his head. Passers-by stared on the walk to school and his classmates told each other to look at Robin in the playground.

Eliza

Eliza was allowed to wear her own clothes to school. A red dress and sparkly tights were striking. She carried her uniform in a bag for that evening she was taking part in a contest as part of the school orchestra and recorder group. Both outfits won, although the opposition was thin.

Gabe

Own clothes meant anxiety for Gabe that he may wear something that would make him distinctive. He worked his mobile hard before leaving for school. A text came in saying that one friend wasn’t wearing chinos. The permission to wear a hoodie wasn’t clarified definitively, but he took the chance anyway.

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