Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Color Day

Today is Color Day at the elementary school. Color day is the most anticipated school event in this household. A day where the entire school is divided into three teams and silly field games are played, is steeped in tradition in this house.

For one, Jeanine always works the fields as a parent volunteer. As it is always so close to the end of the year, I'm at home pouting because soon school will be over.

The other thing the boys always do, is cut their hair into a Mohawk. The ritual begins the night before, with a pair of shears and a chair in the backyard.

Now, I got some shit last night from a friend who said she wasn't loving the Mohawk idea. She thought it was racist. I asked her if her daughter ever begged, nonstop, for years, to have her hair cut into one.


She had no idea. My kids understand that Columbus raped the Native Americans of their land. That the pilgrims did a lot of horrible things to the Natives, including handing over blankets infected with small pox on purpose to decimate the population. The Mohawk hair cut is more of a nod to the punk rockers of the world.

Especially since it is always sprayed with the appropriate team color.

I understand the concern. but color day is color day. Mohawks always included. Besides, the night after color day? It all gets buzzed down for a great summer hair cut.

Oh, would I do something like let them have a Mohawk in order to have their hair short in the summer? Why, that would be... manipulative.

May the best team win!


Blogger Sara said...

and no, zachary never smiles for the camera. ever.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Sue J said...

I thought that was just his Green Team game face!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Sue J said...

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11:09 AM  
Blogger Sue J said...

Sorry -- that was me. I double clicked and posted twice. Too much coffee, maybe ....

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Morgan said...

Just out of curiosity...in the first picture, is that his left hand between his back and the back of the chair?

2:08 PM  

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