This is where it happened. The red stepstool.
This is also where Mom undid my braids when I was a kid, and redid them every morning for school.
And Dad? There are two seasons of the year where farmers don’t have time to sit at the barber and wait for a haircut. Mom bought clippers with snap-on guide combs for the right length.
One time, only once, she forgot attach one, or it was the wrong one. Too late, she realized what she’d done.
Mom began to laugh!
Dad? Not so much. But they decided Mom should “even it up” as best she could. And he’d be wearing a cap most of the time anyway.
But in those days, a farmer would never wear a cap in the local cafe for coffee. Dad did, though, looking a little abashed.
A cap is a useful item for a farmer’s bad-hair day. Or week. Or longer.
Dad didn’t attend church until his hair grew out enough. But everyone in Dexter knew the story.
Mother had a step stool just like that. Red–with a few splashes of spilled white paint on the seat!
I wonder what happened to the one at the farm. Maybe my sister knows!
Such a delightful story…an honest mistake for sure! I think of how many home haircuts that do not always turn out so well. But, it is only hair and it grows back. 🙂 ( I can understand that your father would not find the situation very funny.) 🙂 Good sport with the cap!
Thank you, Linda. He was a good sport!
What a great family story! My mother had a pair of those same hair clippers and the exact same red step stool!!
We had one but I can’t remember the color. I recently bought on in yellow 🙂 Love it in red!
Yellow would also be fun!
Fun story. I remember a stepstool like that one. So useful.
I can’t believe it’s still not around! My sis still lives on the farm where we grew up.
Your dad couldn’t even go to church?! He could have worn a sign front and back: “Be ye kind one to another!”
It was “against the rules” for men to wear a hat indoors! The only place he would go was to have coffee with the other farmers at the local cafe until it grew out!
I was thinking that the folks at church could be kindly supportive of a guy who, through no fault of his own, didn’t quite look his best!😁
Not with the rest of the Neals there! Small town Iowa.