Vinay needed a haircut. Desperately. And I *knew* what was going to happen when he had it. I could just imagine the tears and screaming. So I asked Hub to take him on Saturday. And he agreed! (Lovely Husband).
He took him to the same salon I used to go to regularly. I haven’t been there in months (for several reasons). Anyway, so apparently the tears and screaming were just as I imagined they would be and to distract him a little during the haircut, Hub gave him a BlackBerry case that happened to be lying on the table at the salon.
Vinay was still teary when they came home and he was still holding the BlackBerry case. Hub gave it to me and asked me to return it during the week. I knew I was going to *have* to go in there…
I dropped by there this morning on the way back from playgroup. Vinay was clutching a few Nairas (local currency) which he’d taken from my wallet in the car when we went in. He remembered the place when we arrived and started squirming and whining immediately (he sounds like a dog!).
I greeted the owner – the man who used to do my hair. Like I said, I hadn’t seen him for months. Maybe about 9 or 10?
The first thing he told me was that I shouldn’t let my son hold that money because the notes are very dirty. And that *he* always keeps new notes in his pocket for his son. Granted, the notes were quite manky (as they usually are) – but so? He was coming home and going into the bath straight away, anyway!
I then tried to put V down on the sofa while we had a quick chat – but he had already spotted the man who cut his hair and was very clingy. I said, ‘Oh – I think he’s a bit scared!’ Response I received? ‘You know why? It’s because you don’t take him out enough.’
I didn’t really feel the need to explain that I take him to playgroup 4-5 times a week (yes, we’ve increased it from 3). I made my excuses and left.
I don’t know if he means well, or if he actually thinks his parenting skills are better than mine – but I wish he’d keep his advice to himself. Unless I ask for it!
It’s been bugging me all day. And I’ve remembered why I don’t go there anymore!