Dear Mama Who Brought Her Little to the Salon

Dear Mama,

I’ve often wondered if I could bring my toddler to the salon to get my nails done. I’m a mom who is single and while my son’s dad helps as much as he can, with a weird work schedule, there are times when I have him all day long. 

My boy is a busy bee, just like your little girl was that day. I noticed right away and kept watching, smiling and making cutesy faces at her. She was sitting next to you on a chair for a good little while, but all of a sudden she bolted. You were mid dip when you had to go chase her down for the second time. This is when I decided to help. I grabbed my phone, put Frozen on and she stopped dead in her tracks. She watched as Elsa and Ana danced and sang those beautiful songs. I sang with the songs too because my boy loves Frozen too. I think she thought I was funny or maybe she was horrified by my singing voice, either way though it worked! She eventually warmed up to me and she sat almost completely still until you were done with your nails.

I saw you Mama. You looked back at me every once in a while just to make sure your precious little one was okay. I made small talk with you, told you I had a little boy in the hopes you didn’t think I was a creep. I pray I was a huge help to you because I know that this journey of motherhood is hard sometimes. But isn’t it so worth it?

If I do ever decide to try to bring Jackson to the salon with me, first I hope he listens and plays on his tablet the whole time, but if some reason he doesn’t (cough cough because he is 4 and busy busy), my hope is that there is a kind hearted mama there to help.

With love,

Marissa

P.S. Keep up the great work Mama, you are doing a wonderful job.

Marissa has lived in Lafayette since 2014 and quickly fell in love with Louisiana culture, community spirit and the amazing food!! A former teacher, Marissa is now teaching us all about food insecurity and how we can get involved in the fight against hunger. To learn more, or to get help please visit Second Harvest Food Bank’s website at no-hunger.org. Marissa has a 3 year old named Jackson and absolutely loves being his Mama. Follow along with them as they navigate the waters of toddler years, co-parenting, and so much more.