Yes... Someone is in DESPERATE need of a haircut!
(It should be noted that while this is indeed a monkey, it is not my Monkey.
It is, however, a remarkable representation of what his hair looks like at the moment.)
Foster care can definitely bring out the "crazy" in people, and that is very, very evident when it comes to bio parents and their children's hair. One of the things that caseworkers and agencies stress over and over again is "Never cut foster children's hair without getting permission from the bio parents first!" No problem! It's easy enough to ask. What I never imagined in my wildest dreams was that actually receiving permission to perform that much-needed task would take an act of Congress.
I have a theory as to why bio parents are so unreasonable when it comes to hair care. I think that hair care is one of the few areas that bios still have some control, and they use it... Even if it means their 2-year-old sports a rat's tail down to their ankles. I suppose, in some ways, it's understandable. Many of these parents are trying to hold onto whatever parental control they can have, and if hair care is all they can get, they will take it. Often times to the extreme!
In Monkey's case, I don't think it's an issue of control. I think it might actually be a cultural thing. A cultural thing that doesn't bode well for poor Monkey... After I was initally told "no haircut," a friend of mine said to me... "I hate to tell you this, but if his parents are 'old school,' our people don't believe in cutting a baby's hair until after their first birthday... Something about them going deaf if you do."
Poor Monkey... He already looks like a troll doll on the verge of becoming Billy Ray Cyrus in his extreme mullet days. I hate to think what he's going to look like three months from now after his 1st birthday! My poor baby's gonna end up looking like an English sheepdog by the time he goes back to his parents (who, I am certain, will promptly get him a haircut).