I have very vivid memories to that end.
But personality wise?
I really wonder.
She is all about the fashion. The styling. The co-ordinating and the hair styles.
Me? I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. Black pants and drressy t-shirts for work.
I like novelty socks. That's the extent of my fashionising.
K? Hahaha! He's a jeans and t-shirt guy from way back.
Literally. He wears his High School festival t-shirt still.
So dealing with Amy's hairstyle hystrionics on a daily basis is really hard to understand for both of us.
It starts out calm enough:
How do you want your hair today- ponytail or plait?
Hmmmm... plaits. Two please.
Ok, hold still.
Mmmmm... I think one plait here (wave of hand in dramatic fashion towards the side of her head) and one here (matching wave to top of head) and then the rest swept up kind of but down a bit, too.
Amy- it's a kinder day. You need your hair tied back properly. I'll do two plaits but just normal ones.
No! Two plaits only is ok but only the ones from here (left ear) to here (right ear).
Ok. Heidi style. We have to hurry though as that takes time.
(Hair finished Amy looks in the mirror)
Noooooo!!!! Not like that!!! It looks terrible!! I hate it!! Agghhhhhh I can't go to kinder like this!
Amy, we talked about your hair, I did what you asked and now it's time to go. Get your shoes.
Aghhhhhhhhhhh you made me look not cute!!!!!
And invariably she goes to kinder most put out and comes home having re-done her hair at naptime. Quite productive use of a naptime I'm pretty sure 6 year olds could well do without but still...
So, I decided I'd had enough and discussed with Amy what we could do to avoid hairstyle hysteria.
We tried my idea of doing her hair in front of the mirror to no avail.
Her ideas? She has two.
One is to take her hairbrush and hair ties and ribbons and scrunchies and clips over the road to the neighbour Y who is a hairdresser each morning. Nice try kid but Y has three kids to chase around and get ready for school before she goes off to her fulltime job for the day.
So, idea two? Get my sister's bridesmaid E to do her hair like she did at the wedding.
The bridesmaids- all gorgeous and all really, really sweet to Meg and Amy while they hung out in the 'big girls' room' getting ready with the bride.
Not a great picture of it but just to show Amy's wedding day hair. It was curled and sprayed and held on with a hairband. E really did treat her like a princess and made her look like one to boot. Nothing too technical but unfortunately not very suitable for a day of running and jumping and playing at kinder. And I think not even Princess Aiko flies in a hairdresser to get ready for school...
And my effort that definitely didn't please madam?
Little ponytail on her fringe? check.
Sparkly butterfly clip? check.
plait on the side at the back and then curled into a bun? check.
Hot pink scrunchy to match her other hairtie? check.
But the bun wasn't perfectly round!!!!
And the little ponytail at the front was sticky-uppy! The horror!
I'm going to have to drag out my old school photos for one of those 'you don't now how good you got it kid' talks. I mean my mum gave me one plait or one ponytail each morning. And tied it off with one forest green ribbon to match my school uniform. The end.
And I never went to school with this look on my face, either: