At True's request, I volunteered for Greenwood Elementary's 2013 Field Day. Controlled chaos, at best, and whole lotta kid fun. True and his field day partner were pretty easy to spot, you know, a couple of "towheads". one mom laughed and said that she struggles to remember what her kids wore for the day, while trying to spot them on the playground, but she could always find True. And then we both wondered where the term "towhead" came from...
this is what Webster says:
: a head of hair resembling tow especially in being flaxen or tousled; also : a person having such a head of hairhmm. that doesn't tell me much. but the Urban Dictionary had some good info:
tow headed is literally "flaxen haired". This meaning of tow comes from Middle Low German touw (which means "flax, hemp fiber"). This probably went back to the prehistoric Germanic base *tow-, *taw "make, prepare" (source also of English tool), in the sense "make yarn from wool; spin".
he's a real tow head