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Sometimes Its The Simple Things

Updated on February 9, 2015
The "No Cry Zone"
The "No Cry Zone"

Sometimes the simplest things can fix a huge problem.

My 8 year old, Mary, is quite a little handful. She has been since she was born. LoL. She is the baby, and she is left handed, which in my opinion is associated with a very strong personality. Once again, only my opinion. Mary has very long hair, past her waist. For years every day has been a battle with her to brush her hair. I use tons of conditioner, tangle spray, hair softener, keep it braided, but still she cries every time I brush her hair. I brush her hair very gently, try to play silly games with her while I am brushing, but nothing has ever worked, until now. I still can't believe what the solution was. I was passing by a yard sale a couple of weeks ago and spotted this giraffe "chair". I instantly fell in love with it. Although I don't have a toddler I bought it anyway. I thought if nothing else we could give it to someone who does have a toddler.

When we got home I cleaned the giraffe and Mary started combing it's hair. I let her sit on it, even though she is 8 she is still my baby. :) I realized how happy this giraffe made her so the next morning when it was time to brush her hair I called Mary in to sit on the giraffe while I brushed. I told her that this giraffe was the "no cry zone" and that to sit on the giraffe you couldn't cry. To my surprise I brushed her hair and styled it without one complaint or tear.

I was in shock. I still don't know why this worked, maybe she just needed a special chair to relax her. It doesn't really matter why it worked, all I know is our mornings have been much more pleasant since this giraffe has came into our life. Needless to say the giraffe is staying.

This was the best one dollar investment I have ever made. So maybe next time I will search for a simpler solution to a difficult problem. Hmmmm maybe I need my own special giraffe chair. lol

Thanks for taking to time to read my nonsense.

Mary Stopping To Smell The Roses
Mary Stopping To Smell The Roses


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    • tom hellert profile image

      tom hellert 6 years ago from home


      Did you know----

      The Qilin is believed to be a creature of perfect good will, gentleness and benevolence to all living creatures in Chinese mythology. It is said the Qilin that perfectly kind creature is sometimes said to be a giraffe! There is even a theory that says that the Qilin is in fact a stylised representation of the giraffe !!! So now the legend that may hold more to reality....

      good luck nice story my daughter finally cut her hair short at 17...


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      sherrylou57 7 years ago from Riverside

      Thank you for blessing me with you words. My granddaughter cries when I do her hair.

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      Mr. Happy 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Cute story.

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      soumyasrajan 7 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Enjoyed your very sweet and pleasant article and conclusions Sunshine! Not just some times most of the time it is simple things which bring the change in world, Science, Technology, one's thinking and in one's life.

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very sweet hub. Thank you. GBY

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      zzron 7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      You go girl friend wonderful hub.

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      bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      the simplest things matter.

      what a lovely story about your baby. girls with strong personality are really difficult to have and it can really surprise as when simple things can weaken their 'strong personality'.

      you are such a patient parent, too. and for that, i commend you.

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      smilngirl4u 7 years ago from Palmdale, CA

      This is such a cute story. That was a great idea telling her it was a "no crying zone"....maybe playing with it distracted her enough so that she didn't full the little tugs and pulls on her hair. I had very curly hair as a child and was the same! Glad your $1 find is making your life a little easier! =)

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Yes, its true. Its the simple things that give joy to our souls.

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      Sunshiney31 7 years ago

      That's so great our kids never cease to's not nonsense it's lifes beauty and simple solutions.