Okay, fine. We haven't really cancelled the move, but believe-you-me, I'm tempted. This desire has nothing to do with the major inconvenience of packing, the long drive ahead, or the friends that I will miss so dearly. It's bigger than that. It's James's hair.
You see, James is already up North with his Grandma and Pep. Prior to this trip, I had never been away from James for more than one night. Couple that with the fact that I'm mostly a stay-at-home mom, and you can imagine how strange it is to be without my three-foot-tall growling troll companion. In order to keep my sadness at bay, my mom has been posting pictures of James's daily activities on her blog each night.
To be quite honest, I don't miss James that much--I know he's in good hands. Sure, I've been buying him a little toy any time I step into Target, and sure I have the occasional twinge of sadness when I turn around and exclaim "Do you see that kitty pooping?!" only to find an empty car seat, but mostly I'm enjoying the freedom. I've been eating out, cruising the mall, and doing a bang-up job glorifying my temporary role as a stay-at-home woman.
Anywho, I was shocked when I checked my mom's blog last night. James's hair, which is far and away my most significant source of parental pride, looks totally different. It's changed completely.
This is James's hair in Texas (can't you see why it drastically elevates my self esteem?):
And this is James's hair in New England:
Where's the fro? Where are the curls? Where is my purpose for living? My mom swears up and down that she hasn't brushed through James's hair. She claims that the humidity in Texas was responsible for the helmet-shaped hair do, and now that we're moving home we'll be parents to a normal looking kid.
Don't get me wrong, I understand that James isn't "normal looking" in these pictures by any stretch of the imagination. He looks like an exceptionally cute, but hung-over Ronald McDonald with a serious case of bedhead. Or he might resemble a happy Donald Trump at age three.
Either way, James needs a haircut. Or a home perm. I'll probably go with the perm.