Barbering is An Art

The Ragtag Daily Prompt this morning is EMPATHY.

Merriam-Webster has a long-winded definition for this word, while LEXICO puts it simply as “The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” The idea is that, even if you haven’t had exactly the same experience, you can picture yourself in their place and get what someone else is feeling.

Reading fellow blogger Biff’s article about his new COVID-style hairdo inspires me to write about my efforts as family barber.

I must tell you that I’ve gained a good deal of empathy for beginning stylists. I now get a sense of how they must feel as a new customer takes his/her place in the chair and they both wonder how this is going to turn out. Even if the barber or stylist has had oodles of practice at styling school, all heads — and hair types — are not created equal.


A barber is an artist.

There have been times when I waited for dear hubby’s barber to finish his hair cut and I’ve watched the flash of those barber scissors. Skillfully snip-snipping.

And voilà, a perfectly neat haircut. What a talent!

But, as the whole world knows, barber shops and beauty salons are closed these days just like many other businesses. Which is why my husband handed me an old pair of barber shears last month and told me he needed a hair cut. He was not willing to wait another eight weeks or so to see a barber.

I examined the rather rusty scissors – he says he’s had them for thirty years – and wondered if they’d cut anything. The loosely joined blades barely met in the middle. Definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Back in our salad days I did cut his hair, but always used a clipper. However, he’s been going to a barber for almost thirty years and I’ve gotten as rusty as these scissors. A clipper would be handy, but who thought about this? I wonder if hair clippers have sold out by now like hand soaps?

I sighed and began the task at hand and thankfully the tip of the scissors did actually cut. As I snipped away, I drew major consolation from the thought that he won’t be out in public very much these days. And he assured me that if I make a mess, in a couple of weeks no one will see it any more.

Wielding those scissors, I started to feel like Leonardo da Vinci with his chisel, wanting to bring forth the statue of David. The artist in me kicked in and, snip by snip, I sculpted the standard senior gentleman’s haircut. Nowhere near professional, but not so bad.

Yesterday his hair had grown long enough that he wanted a trim, so we had a repeat performance. He has to appear in public today but, as Biff wrote in his article, a lot of folks are looking a little shaggy these days. And who knows how many other wives and partners have been handed scissors and told to “do something with this”?

Yes, I managed. But, believe me, I’ll be there cheering when the barbers open their doors for business again.

Online Overwhelm

The Ragtag Daily Prompt today is ONLINE

It should be easy enough to use this word, as I wouldn’t be responding to this prompt and you wouldn’t be reading it if we weren’t online. And when I look around ONLINE at all the writing prompts being offered to occupy us these days, I realize I could be online all day. I wrote about a few the other day, but one I didn’t write about was Reedsy’s Creative Writing Contest. Click HERE if you want to see their 744 prompts to date.

They also, among various other sites, are suggesting books we can read while we have nothing else to do. Click Here for REEDSY’s list. Merriam Webster has also published a list of books to read while you’re hunkered down.

I’d gladly add some of these to my TO-READ list. Carla Carlisle’s memoir, Journey to the Son sounds intriguing! I’ll have to add it to my 500+ list of books I hope to read this coming decade. 😉

These book review lists always bring to mind Frank Zappa’s famous words, “So many books; so little time.”

In the midst of all these suggestions that I’m sitting at home with not much to do, I’ve kind of crashed into a “NO TIME” zone. I have SO MANY things I want to read, write, sew, clean, and generally DO, but feel like I don’t have the time — won’t ever have enough time — to do any of it.

Past experience teaches me that this is a chronic feeling, kind of like a migraine, and it will pass. I’ll just haul out my famous little quote and wait it out. (It does help to write about it. 😉 )

Candle quote
S Hermann & F. Richter –Pixabay

How about you? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by these ONLINE thoughts that you must be loafing around and need more things to do? And otherwise, how are you all weathering stay-at-home storm?


Have Some of My Cake

Good morning to all my readers and followers.

Bright sunshine forecasting a beautiful day and I’m celebrating my birthday by having a coffee, doing the laundry, and generally staying home and avoiding all human contact. 🙂

Not quite true, as I’m cooking supper at the seniors’ residence this afternoon; also, my dear husband gave me a card and a kiss before he left to pick up a few groceries. Thankfully,  I can visit online as well, so won’t you all join me this morning for a cup of coffee, a piece of cake, and a few relevant verses.

CoffeeCake.Farooq Sharif

Here are a few haiku I wrote yesterday, combining thoughts of warmer days to come with our current situation:

morning joggers
run rings around
my safe space

a bumblebee
not knowing the law
comes way too close

if only mosquitoes would get the point of social distancing