Sunday, August 26, 2007

Wheelin' and Dealin'

Belle and I had such success practicing with the wheelchair at the clinic that we took our show on the road again - this time to Molly's hair appointment downtown in the Gaviidae building. Since it was a Saturday morning, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The salon was hopping - Bruegger's was busy but the hallways and elevators were ours to practice whatever skills we felt like.

After we worked on her positioning with the wheelchair and moving around and up and through the skyways, we went into the salon itself to see how Molly's new look was progressing. It (her look) hadn't gotten very far yet - she does have a lot of hair to deal with, so Belle practiced her "long drop" for the duration of the cut - almost an hour and a half. It was the best LD she's ever done. I positioned her perpendicular to the side of the wheelchair but directly in front of the sofa that the salon provides for waiting clients. The sofa is in the middle of a long room with cutting chairs all along the perimeter. By positioning ourselves like this, customers and stylists could get past both the chair and Belle without tripping on either of us.

And get by us they did. Despite the steady stream of stylists and stylees walking past her, Belle didn't so much as raise her head during that long, long, long drop. Once in a while, she would look up at me as if to ask, "how much longer?", but she ignored the many feet that stepped within inches of her beautiful self. I was really proud of her!

The wait was worth it - Molly is all set to start college with a great new look, complete with her own set of layers and feathers and gorgeous gold locks.

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