Everywhere I look, I see them.


They are on the bathroom floor, the arm of a chair, by the TV, in the back of my car.

They disappear often and need replacing.

My husband moans about them. They are untidy, they are messy. She should put them away.

But I love to see them.

They are a reminder that I have a daughter.

A daughter with long hair.

A daughter who loves endlessly styling and re-styling her beautiful hair.

A daughter who is a ballerina.

A daughter who leaves a trail of hairgrips wherever she goes.

I will miss them when they’re not there any more.

When my daughter is all grown up.

When she cuts her hair or stops styling it.

When she leaves home.

When she (God forbid!) stops dancing.

So I won’t moan about the mess they make.

I love those hairgrips.

On the bathroom floor, the arm of a chair, by the TV, in the back of my car.

Because, without them, my daughter wouldn’t really be me daughter.

Hairgrips, Hair, Daughter

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Oh they drive me mental! Betsy uses loads of them and they are everywhere, even when she isn’t here! And we had a washing machine incident very similar to your wrappers one caused by one jamming in the filter! Bloomin’ things!!

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    • It’s amazing how they spread around, isn’t it? I remember seeing a couple left as we moved out of our old house. I’m pleased to say we’ve never had them in the washing machine before, I can imagine they would be more troublesome than wrappers!

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  2. Ahh, who knew hair grips would be so loved and evoke such emotion. To have kids eh? when I was growing up it was hair ties. They were everywhere, I’d lose them constantly and my mum would have to buy more…and more! I now drive my husband mad with them.

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    • It’s a funny thing, isn’t it, but they’re part of her! I had to buy her another pack of 48 this week and it’s only about six weeks since I last bought her some! There’s rather a lot on the floor or my car. I suspect she sees these as ‘dirty’ and can’t pick them up and use them again!
      It’s funny how you drive your husband mad now you’re not driving your mum mad!

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  3. What lovely thoughts and the thought that whenever they appear they’ll always bring back these feelings and memories – so they’ll never really be gone.
    Emily x

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    • Thank you! That’s a lovely thing to say 🙂 x

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    • I can’t begin to imagine how many there must be with four girls in the house! I bought a new pack of 48 the other day and it’s only a few weeks since I last bought them.

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  4. As a dad with three daughters, these things are the bane of my life! They are either absolutely everywhere or they are desperately needed with none to be found!

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    • You have my utmost respect! Three daughters must mean a lot of hairgrips! You’re right, they do tend to disappear just when you need them!

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  5. This is lovely Sarah. We are always in search of missing grips. They are also great at hiding – down the back of sofas mainly! x

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    • Thanks very much! We have a lot down the back of the sofa too. x

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    • Thank you! I’m glad someone else understands where I’m coming from! x

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  6. Ah, now we have hair bands all over the house. It kinda means that wherever I am in the house, I am rarely more than a couple of metres from a hair band and can always fix my edlest’s hair.

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  7. Aw that is so lovely. We are just starting to use them as those clippy hair clips don’t seem to stay in. They are a pain and I seem to have them in my bag, in my pocket and all over the house, but they are a nice reminder of our daughters, I agree

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  8. Aw – I don’t have long hair and nor do I dance but I have lots of grips to keep my hair out of my face. I’ll then take them out and leave them all over the house – drives my other half mad. Lovely post about grips and your daughter xx

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  9. I’m so sorry but I have to disagree. The getting caught in the hoover, the washing machine. Just every where!

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