Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stepping Out


Woke up feeling well enough to go to a church party this morning. Tried on my wig, but Natalie (ahem, "kindly") suggested I go for one of my smokin' hot hats. First time in public without hair. Made me pause before stepping in the door. But then the FUNNIEST thing happened. Still laughing.

I approached one of my closest friends. I mean, seriously close, friends and neighbors for over a decade. She's going through a lot of stuff: husband's job, kid's health, big new church responsibilities. She's been dumped on. But then who hasn't lately? So I give her a hug and ask her how she's holding up. And she says...are you ready for this? Let me preface by saying it hadn't occurred to her that I was wearing a smokin' hot hat for a reason. The woman, my friend, was totally oblivious when she said, "Well, I still have hair."

Yep. You read that right. She still has hair. I stared at her for a minute, then asked if that's the new criteria for sanity. It dawned on her then. She blushed, blustered, blushed some more, stammered. Later she tried to give Natalie a hard time about something, and I told her she'd lost her right to give anyone a hard time about anything. Maybe I'll stop teasing when we're in our 80's, and neither of us have hair. Maybe
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Kimi said...

I have SO done that before! The poor woman--I feel her pain.

I once ran into a very good friend (<-- thank goodness!) at the store who had lost two (two!) children to accidents and whose husband and son had recently been in serious accidents and asked her why everyone in her family was trying to kill themselves. Yeah. I did.

Luckily for me she just laughed and to this day swears she doesn't remember it and wouldn't have cared if she did. And I only believe her because I know her well enough to know she means it. But STILL!!

Maybe that will make your friend feel better?

I'm glad you're laughing it off. We dummies really do mean well.

Suzanne Reese said...

You are so funny. I'm sure she laughed it off cause she knows you so well. Whitney tells me that's going to be her new answer to the question of how she's doing, "well, I still have my hair!"

A. HOLLAND. ETC. said...

since i have a slight 'inkling' that i may very well know who this 'friend' you speak of may be :) let me just say how lucky she is to have a friend like you...everybody needs at least one understanding girlfriend in life...thank you for being hers!

secondly, in light of everything that has to do with your smokin hot hats, let me just say one simple phrase, hopefully from which you will be able to glean the depth of my sincerity and love: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.