Those of you who have been reading my blog for some time know that I am a bit odd on the inside. I usually frame that oddness with the assertion that there is clearly something wrong with me.
A few days before the country went into house arrest, I did something to smash that frame.
No, I have not all of a sudden become “normal” and quirkless. In fact, I walked a step more squarely into the weird zone. I decided that, if I am odd on the inside, my outside should match. So, at 60 years of age, I got fairy hair. I started with the idea that I would get 20 strands of glittery green and copper silk woven into my hair. As I went through the process, though, it became increasingly clear that I was going to need more… many, many more… pixie locks. Bit by bit, I ended up with over 50 strands. I have so much regular hair that even that inordinately large amount of glitter is still subtle, but a girl has got to know her limitations. I’m afraid I surpassed mine. I have $100 of sparkly strands hanging off my head.
I don’t think I will do this again because it did end up being far more expensive than I planned. Still, I really like the effect. Because it is so subtle, people have to look twice to decide if they really see something there or not. It is like I have some sparkly, magical little secret that only people who pay attention can learn. Many people have complimented me on my fairy hair. It makes me feel bold and brave. My fairy hair catches the sunlight very fetchingly. I like radiating, it turns out. I feel like the fairy hair really does help the way I look on the outside reflect who I am on the inside.
You see, fairy hair has taught me that “odd” doesn’t have to be negative. “Odd” doesn’t have to mean there is something wrong with me. “Odd” can mean shiny, sparkly… and beautiful!
I thought we all needed a little break from coronavirus conversations. What could be further from a worldwide pandemic than fairy hair? What little bit of whimsy can you share with us to take our minds off contagion and disease? Please share your perspective by leaving a comment. In the alternative, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a sparkly day!