Haircut Memories


  Years after the attached picture was taken, whenever Mom showed it, nobody would believe it was me. It is a hand tinted studio portrait. Mom had resisted all attempts to cut my hair up to this point. She didn't want to cut off my blond curls. She finally realized that she would have to consent to it sooner or later but she insisted that she have a formal picture taken before she would allow it. She said I was about one and a half years old at the time, too young to remember this incident but I do remember going to the barber shop with Dad when I was a little older.

Back then, the barbershop was kind of a gathering place where men would sit around and talk, both before and after getting their hair trimmed (kind of like on the Andy Griffith Show). I always felt kind of special being in there with the men and older boys. Dad was always friendly and outgoing and everybody knew him. Whenever we walked in someone would always say "Here comes big Syd and little Syd." Even later when I grew to be taller than he was he was still big Syd and I was still little Syd. When it was my turn to climb up in the big chair, the barber would bring out his special seat for little kids and would lay it across the arms of the chair. I liked climbing up on the seat and having the big sheet tied around my neck but what I liked best was when the barber pumped the handle and made the chair go way up in the air so he could reach my hair. When he was finished he would spin the chair around a couple of times and stop it so I could see myself in the mirror. Then he would ask me if I thought it was okay. Dad told me I would always grin and say "Yes sir." I knew my manners and always said "yes sir" and "yes ma'am" and "thank you."


  -         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 03/29/10

Thanks, Sydney!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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