Embrace your lockdown mullet

By Megan Brodie 3 years ago | In Comment
  • 3 years ago
With no access to hairdressers, lockdown cuts are interesting (istock.com/Fly_dragonfly)

27 August 2021

One of the skills I’ve honed in lockdown is hair cutting. My family of males have been asking me to cut their hair for years, not because I’m good at it but because it’s free.

This hairdressing experience proved to be invaluable once the shops closed. Everyone now wants a ‘mum’ haircut, even my ageing father – and I don’t get any complaints.

So it was perhaps inevitable that, in seeing my own hair look long and scraggly, one day recently I pulled out the scissors and gave myself a new look. I’m really pleased with the result – I’ve got this great bob cut. No idea what it looks like from the back but on Zoom, neither does anyone else.

I’m sure the ‘lockdown mullet’ will be worn like a badge of honour for residents in future months, having been unable to see the backs of our heads in the long period of Covid-imposed house arrest. In my view, it is just one of a number of benefits of lockdown that we need to embrace – a more relaxed view of what we look like and how we dress.

Over the weekend, I couldn’t help but notice the number of kids roaming the neighbourhood on bikes. Kids of all ages are out and about -they’ve built jumps in the local park and tracks through tracts of unused public land.

My pre-Covid self might have been a little put out by the wonton vandalism of our tranquil bush areas, decimated with shovels and tyre tracks, but now, who cares? Kids are outside having fun. Isn’t that what kids are supposed to do?

A few days ago, a pair of teenage girls went roller skating up our quiet suburban street. Roller skating! I haven’t seen those in years. They must have pulled them out of the garage and decided to give them a go, or perhaps the local rink has been closed so long they became desperate.

A couple of doors down, a senior finance executive who usually appears regularly in business mastheads was out the front bowling a cricket ball to his teenage son who was taking a break from HSC trial exams. A bit later, father and son were learning to skateboard, laughing as they failed dismally.

Going for a run can take ages as I need to stop and chat with all the neighbours (socially distanced, of course). With young families cooped up for too long indoors and extended families and friends out of our 5km zone, the neighbourhood has become a communal sanctuary where we share our daily lives, no longer too busy to stop for a laugh.

This strong sense of community is just another benefit of Sydney’s lockdown. Sure, it feels a little like we are living in a seventies sitcom but, as Spring’s first warm touches can be seen in the cherry blossoms and liquidambar shoots, there is joy in the air and a sense of hope.  The daily cases may be rising, but so too are the vaccination rates.

Lockdowns aren’t desirable and many businesses are suffering, but sometimes it’s also good to consider the upside. If our kids look back on these days and remember what it was like to roam the streets with nothing to do other than dig another bike jump, then that’s good enough for me.

©MedNews 2021

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