Friday, October 13, 2017
Perfect. It Isn't Fun. And It's Expensive
We had an appointment, no waiting like we normally do at the classic barber shop we've used in the past. My son got a cut while I sipped my free cup of herbal tea. Then my daughter hopped in the chair for an extensive brushing session -- oh the tangles! She only needed a bang trim in the end. Then we were off to pay. I wasn't charged for the bang trim, and even with a generous tip, the bill was $30. That was $20 below my budgeted amount, planned earlier in the month when I thought we'd go to the regular barber shop, where both kid cuts and a tip comes to $50.
It all seemed to come together, but a few days later it was clear my son's cut just wasn't quite right. Too long on top, not enough cut around the ears. My hyper-Type personality thought about dashing them off to the regular barber before picture day. The only chance would be this past Wednesday. But my son, keeping with our frugal ways said "nah, it will cost more money and I'd rather just play after doing my homework." Wise beyond his years!
A passage from a long-ago read parenting book immediately came to mind, "perfect is not fun". And I'd add, perfect is expensive. We let the hair go as is. We didn't pay more for another cut. We didn't rush about after school and then cram in the nightly homework. Instead we got our work done and went into the back yard where I tossed a ball with my son while my daughter made musical instruments with containers, water and a stick.
Today was picture day. Was his hair perfect? Probably not. Does it matter? Not at all. We had fun, and we came in under budget. When walking the frugal path remind yourself of my new mantra, perfect isn't fun, and it's expensive.