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Welcome back to Saturday’s Mix. Most people enjoy having a routine, something they can count on either every day following the same pattern when they get up in the morning or get ready for bed. As a teacher, I like the consistent routine of my day, and it drives me crazy when they change the schedule for some reason. Judging from student behavior, changes in the schedule seem to mess them up as well.
Today I want you to think about what routines you have in your life. Here’s an excerpt from Oppressed Hair by Alice Walker.
The young woman who braided my hair was someone I grew to love–a struggling young mother, she and her daughter would arrive at my house at seven in the evening and we would talk, listen to music, and eat pizza or burritos while she worked, until one or two o’clock in the morning. I loved the craft involved in the designs she created for my head. (Basket making! a friend once cried on feeling the intricate weaving atop my head.) I loved sitting between her knees the way I used to sit between my mother’s and sister’s knees while they braided my hair when I was a child. I loved the fact that my own hair grew out and grew healthy under the “extensions,” as the lengths of hair were called. I loved paying a young sister for work that was truly original and very much a part of the black hair-styling tradition. I loved the fact that I did not have to deal with my hair except once every two or three months (for the first time in my life I could wash it every day if I wanted to and not have to do anything further).
The routine you share can be a specific as an occasional trip to the salon, or it might be an everyday routine. Whatever you choose is fine. Be sure to delve into every detail so we can feel like we are right there beside you. Feel free to write in poetry or prose. As always, feel free to use one of the images for inspiration.
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