The end of another year of Living Arrows is approaching and I’ve been looking back over the images I have collected in the last 50 weeks. The difference between each week is often barely perceivable, but month to month you can start to spot the changes and see how quickly these children of ours are changing.
The length of Theo’s hair is probably the most noticeable difference this year. Once again, it’s drifting into the territory of being too long and so I’m starting to try and cajole him into having a trim over the holidays. He has been mistaken for a girl more than once, though possibly the gold sparkly wellies don’t help!
This boy has very firm ideas about his appearance. He doesn’t cry or have a tantrum, but there are just certain things he won’t budge on. He refuses to wear an apron at school to paint, he finds shorts and t-shirts less restrictive than long sleeves and trousers and he rejects clothes because they are “just not my favourite colour” but top of the list of things he won’t give way on is the hair.
He agreed to wear his Christmas jumper yesterday solely on the promise that my sister (who we were visiting) wouldn’t cut his hair and he was even happy to give up presents from Father Christmas if he wasn’t good and didn’t hair cut because “I’d still have one present and I could open Alice’s”
So week by week it keeps getting longer and as his face disappears behind the fringe, I see more and more of his personality emerging. It’s an interesting trade off.