There are parents who have their babies’ heads shaved because they believe that it will ensure that the hair will grow thicker. Whether or not it is true is something we were never able to try nor prove. We’ve never done it with either of the girls — they were both born with thick hair. Sam, especially, and that made her easy to spot in the hospital nursery even when her cot was far away from the glass window.
But something happened recently that now makes me wonder whether there is some scientific basis for the shaving thing. Our gardener — a manang who comes around daily cut the grass in the garden so close to the soil that I wondered if she intended to kill the grass. I don’t say much to her, really, except to point out which shrubs and bushes cannot — under any circumstance — be pulled out referring, of course, to my herbs and spices. It is Speedy who discusses the gardening with her.
According to Speedy, Manang Gardener told him that in order to make the grass grow thick and even, it has to be cut very close to the soil regularly over a period of time. And that reminded me of the practice of shaving babies’ heads to supposedly make the hair grow thicker.
This manang does the gardens of two other neighbors and I have to admit that their front lawns are greener and thicker than ours. They also have that carefully laid out look while ours has mostly been in a state of semi-wildness which I like to think makes for a less informal look. Well, I don’t like formal gardens. I don’t like gardens that look as though everything is uniform and straight and… you know, they just look so freaking unnatural like starched school uniforms that never show creases. I like the occasional crease because it screams NATURAL.
But I am all for thick lawns. I like the greens because they are so soothing to the eyes. And if manang can make the grass in our garden grow thick and even by keeping it short — bald almost — for the next month or so, I can be patient.
And manang does the same to the bushes and shrubs (except my herbs, of course, which she is not allowed to touch unless I am supervising) — pruning them and pruning them to encourage them to grow faster horizontally rather than vertically. We don’t expect to see instant results, naturally. It’ll take a couple of months to see the first fruits of manang‘s labor. But we’re hopeful.
I like my garden and I always fancied I know enough about gardening to maintain it. I guess it isn’t enough to like having a garden to also be good at gardening.