“I didn’t know you were gonna scream like THAT, though.”

This very serious public radio interview nearly had me snorting my morning tea out my nose. It all started when NPR reporter Jeff Cohen learned that his 5-year-old daughter had cut his 3-year-old daughter’s hair, with the results you’d expect from such an, er, unprofessional effort.

Some weeks later (which I’m guessing is how long it took Dad to recover from his shock), Cohen set up his equipment and conducted a straight-faced interview with his two daughters about the event. The result is priceless. My favorite parts are when the older girl explains her motivations (which were surprisingly altruistic, and based on her concerns about what happens when one’s hair is too long while one is using the toilet), and when the younger girl imitates their mother’s initial reaction.

You’ll find the 3-minute interview, plus a small photo of the infamous haircut, on the Public Radio Exchange. I’d advise not eating or drinking anything while you listen to it.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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6 Responses to “I didn’t know you were gonna scream like THAT, though.”

  1. Alma says:

    That happens once in every life… or twice… or three times… Yeah. Kids!
    I may or may not have cut my sister’s hair with a small paper scissors in kindergarten once. It didn’t go quite that badly though. I hope. šŸ˜€

  2. Mormonator says:

    I laughed out loud at innocent “but I didn’t expect you to scream like THAT, though.” Thanks for sharing.

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

  3. xenatuba says:

    Thanks for the non-beverage warning. My coffee and keyboard did not have an unfortunate meeting. “I hid it under the radiator”… Reminds me of a friend who scratched her initials (LH) on something, and then decided that was silly, because everyone would know it was her, so she made the L an E, and when confronted said that her mother must have done it, because her initials were EH. I never thought to cut my sister’s hair, though…

  4. Linda Briganti says:

    When I was about four I chopped off some of my hair because it kept getting in the way whenever I leaned over. The result was some very short bangs. My Mother never did think it was funny.

  5. Power Wench says:

    Laughed till tears came! The interview brought back memories of me just before my 4th birthday when I decided I needed to cut my hair with decidedly lopsided results. I can still hear my mother’s shriek when she caught me in the act.

  6. oregon expat says:

    I am intrigued to learn how common young haircuts seem to be, based on these comments! I never did it myself…though my mother did have to cut my hair when I fell asleep with bubble gum in my mouth, and woke up with the pillow stuck to the side of my head.

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