I cannot tell you how unbelievably blessed I am that I have two of the most loving and caring parents in the world and that those parents are grandparents to my two littles. They, Mimi and Granddaddy as they are called, are involved in my kids life EVERY DAY!
Starting with my oldest son's 2nd haircut (Mimi gave him the first) - my dad has been taking them to "Mr. Freddie's" to get their hair cut. Mimi tags along for an extra set of hands since the youngest one started joining in on the trip. I don't even know the real name of the shop but Mr. Freddie has been cutting hair in my hometown, Fuquay Varina, NC, for as long as I can remember and probably before I was born. So when they went for their July haircuts, I tagged along to make sure I documented this precious tradition.
My boys love Mr. Freddie's - he is wonderful with little boys. He has grandchildren of his own and it shows in the love he gives to each child that sits in his chair. They can squirm, wiggle and ask questions and it doesn't bother Mr. Freddie one bit. He just takes his time, talks to them and chases their head as they move it.
And don't try to get on them in Mr. Freddie's shop because he is not having it. He will tell you real quick that they "are just fine." During this trip he said to me, "momma we are doing this, we got it."
He has a secret drawer of little hand size toys that make noise and have lights. All the kids love playing with them while they are in Mr. Freddie's chair. If they get bored with one he just whips out another one.
Then comes the best part: the end. Mr. Freddie keeps a stash of suckers in a drawer next to the chair and each little boy gets to get AS MANY SUCKERS AS HIS HAND CAN HOLD and don't try to stop them ..... Mr. Freddie will let them have all they can carry.
It is so fun to see young and old coming together at this old barber shop. From the smallest to the oldest people come from all around to see Mr. Freddie. Haircuts are $13 and you can still get an old fashioned cut and shave with a hot towel. There is not too many places like this left that time has not touched.
After haircuts, they stroll next door to the bakery on main street and get a cookie for a treat. All in all its a wonderful way to spend a morning.
I am so grateful that my boys get to spend this special time with my parents. These moments are priceless and I wouldn't trade them for the world.
These pictures will tell the story of haircuts at Mr. Freddie's forever and one day their children can see it and not just hear about it.
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