Milestones and Little Rites

I had this plan, see.

I was going to grow my hair out until I hit my next decade mark, and then I was going to buzz it all off — one last long-haired hurrah, and then no more need to braid the mess out of the way when I sleep, no more searching for lost hair bands, no more having my hair stepped on by small dogs trying to wake me up in the morning. It was a modest little ritual I had in mind — a way to celebrate and commemorate a milestone. I would donate the length removed, and go on to a sort of new life.

It’s sort of silly, I suppose, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Now, life events outside of my control have moved up my timetable. No more waiting out the decade — the turning point is NOW. I don’t know why it matters so much to me at this moment; I’ve clearly invested the simple act of ditching the aging hippie ‘do for something more practical with a significance that it needn’t have. Nonetheless, I’m doing it. As of 4PM this afternoon, I’m a shiny new pixie cut looking for a new life. Either that, or I’m Brittney Spears going a little overboard.

Let’s get on with it!


About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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