Scan From My Past While My Camera is Repaired

The other day on Echo the topic was: haircuts we’ve never forgiven our mothers for. This is mine. I was 12, and right before leaving for what was my first vacation ever, my mother took me to get what was called a Sassoon haircut (it was made popular by Vidal Sassoon).

I was traumatized by it. We went to the Bahamas, and I was mistaken for a boy everywhere I went. People called me “young man.” It killed me. Plus, I developed a HUGE crush on a guy we met there, but he liked the other girl in the picture, who was the daughter of my parent’s friends who went with us (and my future step-sister years later when my mother married her father!) The boy was 16, I was 12, and I didn’t understand how much of a kid I was to him, but still! Plus, how do I put this delicately? An important life change took place for me during that vacation, which made me able to get pregnant, wink, wink. I felt like the female version of Samson whose powers had been shorn with his locks.

Looking at this picture, I think the cut is actually kinda adorable, but that doesn’t let my mother off the hook!! (May she rest in peace.)

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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9 thoughts on “Scan From My Past While My Camera is Repaired

  1. Aww…it’s really cute! You had a little Justin Bieber look going on there actually! And while I didn’t go to the Bahamas on my vacation when I was 12, I made that same “transition” too. Most distressing!

  2. I had that haircut too back then, and suffered the humiliation of being called “young man.” Only my hair was thick and curly and stood on end. The cool style back then was long, straight and parted in the middle. I looked like Dylan’s illegitimate child.

  3. Actually I think you look kind of cute in a sort of “Gidget” kind of way.

    (You remember Gidget. I think there were 3 movies, and in one she had a romance with someone called Moondoggie. I guess the guy would be been your Moondoggie.)

    I can’t really fault the guy, however. We have names for 16 year old who go after 12 year olds.

  4. cute. you’ve got an adorkable phoebe cates thing going on there, stacy.
    but certain boys are hardwired to aim toward blondes. fools!

  5. I think you look adorable – very fashionable at the time . Janet looks more like a boy to me more than you do!

  6. Thank you! We never really know what we look like at the time. I look at pictures of myself and remember what I thought at the time and I was always completely wrong.

    Which means I probably look better now than I think I do.

  7. If I were your mother, I’d tell you to get the hair out of your eyes. But that is what my mother would have said….

    Stacy, read and respond to my caucus messages!

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