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Beatrix Bobs Her Hair

“Beatrix Bobs Her Hair” is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a wild toddler girl named Beatrix whose mother becomes aggravated by persnickety tangles and dried yogurt globules in the young child’s hair. The mom impetuously phones a local childrens’ hair cutting establishment with the warning they’ll be there in 45 minutes, have a Sesame Street DVD poised to spin.


Beatrix does well sitting in the fire engine, ringing the bell and stealing peeks at herself in the mirror. It was her first major hair cutting experience, aside from a bang trim ate age 13 months. As a reward for her good behavior, she is allowed to chose a lollipop from a large basket. She picks popcorn butterscotch (?) flavored, which is nauseating to anyone over the age of eight. Dum-Dumholics don’t mind, and if allowed they’ll even eat the cream soda flavored ones, too.


The hair, which first sprouted when Beatrix was in utero, is left behind on the salon floor, to be swept into a pile and eventually disposed with the hair of other small children whose mothers may or may not have gotten a little misty at the sight of all that pretty, pretty baby hair eternally separated from a dear little noggin.


Once home, Beatrix’s family notes she looks much older and somehow taller.

The theme of Fitzgerald’s story is the long-haired are very different from you and me. That, and you can’t entirely trust a girl with a bob.

She will still get food in her hair.

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