I was in AF Tech School with orders to Tinker AFB near (as in a suburb town away) Oklahoma City. The hubby was in Biloxi visiting me the week that the Murrah Building was bombed, and was the one who told me about it as he met me for lunch after my classes were over that day. Later, after we were at Tinker, he joined the Army Reserves and one of his senior NCO’s was in the Murrah Building the morning of April 15, 1995 when the truck bomb was detonated. She was injured, but though her physical injuries lingered to an extent, I suspect the emotional toll was much greater. She did not talk about it. There was a young lady in the 32nd CCS (my orders were for the 32nd, but that was changed to the 31st before I arrived) had gone to the Murrah Building that morning also. She had just gotten married, and went to the building to get her name changed on her Social Security card. She did not survive, and many of the friends I later made that knew her continue to mourn such a senseless death.
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I’ve been complaining for a couple of weeks about my hair signaling time for the summer cut. MiniMe also has been asking for a haircut plus getting her ears pierced, so I planned an outing for us. I had only planned to get mine cut to my shoulders, and MiniMe kept saying she was going to go short. So when the lady measured out how much of my hair she was cutting off, she measured up to donation length and while it was a bit shorter than I planned, I saw it as an opportunity to do something good for someone. Before my cut got started good, MiniMe’s was done and she went strolling by and I thought “Did she get any cut off??” Anyway, when I was done and walked out, MiniMe was shocked. And I got shocked when I paid because I didn’t realize that the cut is free if you donate the hair.
Of course, when she whacked that first bit off, I realized that my hair was what I called “Air Force short.” That’s the length I tried to keep it when I was active duty because, well, it was easy to take care of.
MiniMe hates it. The boy hates it. The hubby said it looked nice though so who do you think I listened to. LOL Actually, I like the way she cut it though I never EVER would get it cut that short if I hadn’t donated the hair. And, yes, she cut 10 inches of hair off.
I almost got my ears pierced again, but then realized the pointlessness of that for me. MiniMe, however, now has pierced ears, and I didn’t realize just how small her earlobes were until the lady went to pierce them. Oh, and her haircut? Yeah, that was more like a trim, which is ok with me because I like her hair at the length it is now.