Thursday, September 4, 2014
Day 55 of 100 Days of Good Karma.
Life with a shaved head is strange. I keep catching glimpses of myself in the mirror and thinking, “Oh shit. That’s me.”
Running has changed.
A breeze blowing across my scalp is maybe the coolest feeling ever.
And I like to believe that I’m more aerodynamic, and therefore faster, than two days ago.
After thirty minutes of blinking sweat out of my eyes, I realized how much sweat used to get trapped in my hair.
I’m thinking of stealing Olivia Newton John’s sweatband look before my next workout. Who knew eighties fashion trends would produce anything with a practical use?
Oh, and showers have changed.
I overestimated on the shampoo. By a lot.
And I just stared at the bottle of conditioner.
For the first time in my life I couldn’t think of a reason to use it.
Also: Short, wet hair sticks to everything.
I discovered wigs and Houston summers don’t mix.
I wore the brown wig when I dropped the kids off for school.
Wigs are hot and not in a sexy MILF kind of way.
More like hot in the way of wrapping your head in a small wool blanket, adding 90% humidity, then heating to a hundred degrees.
Also, I couldn’t stop playing with the damn thing. I kept patting it to make sure it was in place.
Later in the afternoon I grabbed the mail key, but hesitated before walking out the front door to the mailbox.
I stood frozen at the front door, key in one hand, doorknob in the other, worry stabbing me in the stomach that someone might see me.
I almost walked into the bathroom and put the wig on.
But the delay annoyed me. I was just checking the mail. Why bother standing in front of a mirror, positioning the wig just right, just to check the mail?
And I decided: No.
Just that one word, but it meant so many things.
No, I’m not wearing a wig to check the mail.
No, I’m not wearing a wig to drop the kids off.
No, I’m not hiding.
That walk out to the mailbox was almost as hard as looking into the mirror the first time after shaving my head.
But by doing so the wigs were downgraded from a necessity to an option.
Today’s silver lining: This shaved head thing will definitely take some getting used to, but a little lipstick and some earrings are better than a wig any day.
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!