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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Park City Plucking!

Today was a normal day, a fun day out for the kids at our local mall. Ride a few rides, munch a few fries, sip some lemonade. And then it all came to a screeching halt! I bent down to get something out of the stroller and my sister gasp and looked at the top of my head. My eyes widened, "WHAT?" I said. "Shrish, oh Shrish", she said, (our nickname for one another). I'm thinking there's a taranchula or some sort of creature on my head, or perhaps a wad of dandruff, but no, it was my first gray hair, sprouting proudly out of the top of my head, like a palm tree in the dessert! She reached for it and PLUCK, out it came with a few other strands of dark black hair! She handed it to me and I just starred at it! It was long, course and just....just so ugly!

"Should I scrapbook it?" I said.
I don't even scrapbook, (I wish I did, but my children are all still jpeg files).

And to make it even worse we were kneeling outside the store so paradoxically named "Forever 21." I've had a few hours to think about what just happened and you know what, I'm okay with it. I don't think I could be paid enough to return to age 21, as lovely as it was for me. 31 feels good, feels grounded, feels gray! I kid!

No, seriously, I'm so thankful that I get to grow older and hopefully, (PRAYERFULLY) wiser. My sister, (Von) once said to me that she knows what she wants to be like when she's older, like 80 years old. And you know what, it will be a mirror of who she is becoming, kind, compassionate, and wise. So, a simple question remains: am I becoming the person I want to be? I'm convinced that it isn't necessarily experience that brings wisdom, but time that brings wisdom. Those are thoughts held for another day, another post.

Until then, I'm off to examine the top of my scalp with a magnifying mirror and tweezers... seriously, I am.

Back in the day....forever 21 right ladies??

"At twenty we worry about what others think of us;
at forty we don't care about what others think of us;
at sixty we discover they haven't been thinking about us at all."
~Author Unknown~


Adrienne said...

Hey consider yourself lucky, I've been covering my gray for years now!! Thank you genes!!! Cute post, as always. Love you!

AmyK said...

I routinely pull out my gray hair. It's kind of fun! :)

Anonymous said...

Park City! your energy amazes me. it was good we stayed home. baths and wiping bottoms most of the your kind words are a big encouragement to me tonight.
love you

Kara Stoltzfus said...

Oh Dear Lands!

Anonymous said...

love you, shrish

Michelle said...

I love this! I immediately thought it was a spider too, before I read further! My heart was racing over here... :)

Are you sure it was a gray hair? Maybe it was just blonde? :)