My older cousin, Tracy and I have been really close practically since birth. She’s older than me, but only by a couple of hours.
I consider her my older cousin though, because she has always been taller than me, and overall just more mature and level headed. Tracy became interested in doing hair right after we graduated college.
We both got business degrees, but Tracy’s mom passed away our senior year of college and it was like Tracy did a complete 180. She said she was never passionate about working corporate America, even though that was her dream ever since her elementary school career day.
After graduation she immediately started researching cosmetology schools. This took our whole family by surprise because Tracy barely could make a decent pony tail, so when she said that she wanted to start doing hair for a living, we were all a bit skeptical.
Fast forward to now and Tracy has been floating from salon to salon because she can’t seem to stay hired at one for longer than a month. The first salon she was at one of her clients came in for a trim, and she left with a bob. The next salon fiasco was even worse- she left a client’s relaxer on way too long and ended up frying a huge patch of her hair. The latest fiasco hit closer to home.
Tracy was doing our grandmothers hair for our church’s anniversary and when Tracy was finished with her my grandmother was in tears. Somehow Tracy ended up coloring our grandmother’s hair dark purple instead of jet black. I mean it was evident that hair was not Tracy’s calling but Tracy insisted that it wasn’t her fault in every instance.
However, like I mentioned earlier, Tracy has never had a knack for doing her own hair, let alone anyone else. Since I care about Tracy I thought that I should sit her down and have a heart to heart with her about her current career choice, but I couldn’t even bring myself to do it.
I ended up just telling Tracy that all of those prior incidents weren’t her fault and all she needed was more experience and practice. Tracy took my advice to heart, and is applying to different salons in our area, hoping someone will give her another chance, all the while I’m hoping she’ll lose hope and just get into another career.
Am I a horrible person for not being honest with my cousin? Weigh in!