Gotta Work With Whatcha You Got

I left Delaney’s this morning with coffee and muffin in hand.  I had chatted briefly with Richard and Vickie then began to make my way back to the car.  I passed a woman whom I always see.  She is a beautiful bottle blonde.  I smiled while secretly coveting her hair.  Isn’t that like one of the commandments?  ‘Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors hair.’  Well now, it would seem I was doing a wee bit of sinning then.

Got it wrong did I?  Ah, yes…I am not supposed to covet the wife….but I can covet the hair?

I smiled at these foolish little thoughts as they bounced randomly through this brain of mine. When it comes down to it, you really have to work with what you’ve got.  I mean, what does hair really do anyway?  Were we given this as some form of torment?  Mind you…me with no hair…now that would be scary.  I guess hair is supposed to insulate us to some degree.   I don’t know. There are a lot of men who lose their hair, and there are many more who shave their heads.


Really all I have ever wanted is hair that will hold its shape.  That is not going to happen.  It’s funny, at the costume party on Saturday, I a sat chatting with the woman who hosted.  We went to high school together.  She was commenting on the fact that since she quit smoking a year ago, she has put on 20 lbs.  I laughed at this.  She looks fabulous by the way.  I pointed out that we are 54 years of age.  It’s not uncommon to have a bit of additional weight in this area.

I know that if followed a really strict diet for the next 4-6 months, I could take of the remaining weight that I am carrying.  It actually wouldn’t have to be that strict…I could just cut out certain things.  And I should perhaps do this simply for the health benefits.  In fact, my daughter and I started what we are calling ‘The Happiness Project’.

We designed it to help us both transition in living on our own.  I am sure that I have mentioned it, but just to recap, my daughter moved out on her own August 1, 2012.  It is the first time she has been out on her own.  We have a very close relationship and both of us have found the transition to be a rough one.  So for the next six weeks we have certain things planned.  It is designed to help with scheduling our time and for recognizing any issues that we need to work on.  I will let you know how we make out.

I do know that I have an abundance of good things about self to work with and I appreciate the fact. Yes, I go on about the hair thing.  Pathetic and trite and inconsequential, I know. It was funny though, my friend on Saturday night was complaining bitterly about her hair as well.  I of course said, ‘Oh, compared to mine your hair is gorgeous!’   To which she looked at me in shocked silence then said, ‘What!  You’ve got beautiful blonde hair…you’ve always had beautiful blonde hair!”

At this I laughed quite heartily.  Yup.  Seems many of us are never happy with the mop we were bestowed with.

I will let it be.  It is what it is.

And a little prayer out to everyone who weathered the storm on the east coast.  That storm packed one helluva wallop.  Be well everyone.


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