With Kitchen Scissors And Chutzpah
“Chutzpah“ (the “c” is silent) is a wonderful Yiddish word that can best be defined as “shameless audacity and brazen nerve“ … come what may! Used in a sentence: “A few nights ago, I had the chutzpah to take the kitchen scissors and cut off 7 inches of my own hair!” Yes I did.
And yes, I know that every hair stylist out there is cringing right now, and that a blunt cut with kitchen scissors is not the nicest way to treat one’s hair. But I had “had it” with the lifeless ends, and the excessive length (which was really starting to get in the way) … and I was not going to take the time nor the money to have it properly cut, when I could quickly do the job myself for free. Chutzpah.
So with a towel on the bathroom floor and the kitchen scissors at-hand, I pulled my hip-length hair into a loose ponytail at the nape of my neck, allowing it to hang straight down behind me. Looking into the mirror, I determined that about 7 inches would bring my hair back to a manageable length, just above my waist … I dampened the soon-to-be-gone deadness with some tap water and secured a chip-clip (for closing bags of potato chips!) at the desired length … bent forward and flipped the mess over the top of my head so I could see what I was doing … adjusted the chip-clip slightly, to be as horizontal as possible … and cut along the edge of the clamped mess. Done! That was easy!
I flipped my hair back behind me again to have a look-see … not bad! The lifeless ends were gone, and I actually cut pretty evenly … chip-clips are a wonderful invention, and I just discovered yet another use for them. (I’ll have to write about the amazing uses of chip-clips some day! But I digress … )
I suppose I don’t advocate taking kitchen scissors to your hair … but in my moment of self-sufficient, damn-the-torpedoes exasperation, I quickly came up with really good plan! Sometimes in Life — personal or professional — you just have to make an educated guess, hedge an outcome, take a calculated risk, and just go for it … come what may !!
Total time spent: 4 minutes, 20 seconds.
Total cost: $0.00
Total chutzpah: Priceless!