Super simple layout

I guess because Andres had a birthday, I came across this layout I did before the summer and thought I would share it.  It is very simple but for me, the photos, the art….it is all an excuse to tell the story.  I wrote and I wrote and I filled up even the entire back side of the 12 x 12 cardstock!

Before and After

What is it about hair? We sometimes define our whole day by what our hair decides to do on a given day. “I’m having a bad hair day” for example. We do recognize that our hair sometimes has a mind of its own! But nonetheless we try to tame it through the use of gels and irons (in continuous, smoking use on Elizabeth’s hair for sure) and sprays.  Our hair is also a statement to the world. In the case of Andres going away to college it signaled a change and his hair showed it. He wasn’t interested in a trim or shaping. I liked the curls but most of all, I wanted to support his right to choose his own unique look.  Elizabeth was very hard on him, telling him he looked like a bum or, if she was feeling particularly generous, like a caveman. Usually she would just spare words and tell him he looked “ugly and horrible!”  When he neared the end of the year he asked me to cut it.  “Really?” I said.  There was no explanation, no philosophical musings.  He was just ready and when I reached the point of what you see in the “after” shot he said that was enough.  A couple of weeks later he asked for it shorter, like he “used to have it.”  For years he hadn’t really changed his hair style from the short, spikey look.  Although the cut is back, somethings have changed a bit. He has actual sideburns now and wears them just slightly longer and he styles his hair spiked to the middle – a kind of “faux hawk” as they seem to call it.  Things may return but they are never the same – that is the journey of change and growth and I love to be witnessing it up close and personal in the life of Andres (and Elizabeth).  


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