Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Trip to the Barber with Dad

When my parents were over for dinner on Valentine’s Day I was wigless. Everyone was commenting on how much my hair had grown. Yes, I have a fine covering of fur, sort of like a puppy’s I guess – no more like one of those baby chicks at Easter - light and wispy and mostly gray. Thierry has been telling me for weeks I needed a cut, mainly in the back as it was starting to get a bit out of control. So, I said to dad maybe I should go to the barber. He asked mother if he needed a cut, we decided yes, so on Friday the two of us went to his barber shop.

They happen to have a female barber there, and she was up when it was my turn. This is a pretty traditional shop, by the way. Joe, the owner is a man in his early-mid 70’s and apparently followed in his father’s footsteps. He owns the shop and the building it is in. If any of you have seen my father’s head, you know there is not a lot of hair there, yet Joe takes his time, about 20-30 minutes to give dad a trim around his rim!

Dotty is the woman who cut my hair. She was a bit nervous, I guess looking at this lopsided growth, thick in spots, almost bald in others (definite signs of male-pattern baldness – thicker on the sides, thin on top) was a little unsettling. As it goes, she and her twin sister are both breast cancer survivors. She was very sweet and actually did a pretty good job considering what she had to work with. Hey for $10 what more can one ask for. So now when I wake up in the morning my hair is a little less… messy.

It is pretty odd the way my hair has started to come back – not just on my head but on my whole body. I now shave my legs about once a month AND my eyebrows are starting to sprout. Not as thick nor as long, but light wispy little things. I have to say that I’ve gotten used to drawing them on – but it really helps to have more of a guide.

I have no idea how long this hair will last or how long it will grow, but it is interesting to watch the changes that my body is going through –some good, some not so good – but overall I’m doing great and appreciate everyday for what it brings.

Note:  Pictures are pre-haircut


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to spend time with your dad! Not a likely scenario but a delightful one to my way of thinking at our age!!

patagonie said...

Dear Mary, Your hair is growing back! Looks good as wel. Pitty about the not-sailing-to-miami and the wet weather over there. Spring is on it's way... liefs, Frederique

Mary B said...

Dear Frederique, good to hear from you - we miss everyone in Holland... trying to plan a trip! Best to Bert,