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Chin hairs and dimple butt.

Posted by Allison on April 30, 2007

This morning I was awaken by the sweet voice of my three year old saying “happy birthday cake Mommy”.  It was like music to my ears.  I had a glorious sleep last night and do not remember a thing after my head hit the pillow until 7:16 this morning.  What a great way to start the day. 

That being said, it’s come to my attention that I am closer to 50 than I am to 20.  How the hell did THAT happen?  I still FEEL 20 (except when I stand up and my knees ‘pop’) .  I still look 20 (except the dimples on my ass are bigger than at 20).  I still act 20 (except the inappropiate marriage and drinking until I vomit part).  But I’m not.  I’m 730 days away from being 40….not that I’ve thought about it or anything.  

So as I sat in front of the mirror this morning plucking chin hairs, I started to contemplate my life.  Now I realize that I could get hit by a bus today and that in fact “half my life” may have been at 19 in the middle of Confetti Le Club, drinking on dollar tequila nights and shaking my ass to Push It and Funky Cold Medina on top of a speaker but I’d like to think than I’m approaching the second half of my life sometime in the next 10 years.  So what has changed….it’s simple. 

I like my hair.  

For the first half of my life I struggle with my hair, I had an afro, I had “Tootie from Fact of Life” hair, I had straightened hair, I had braids, I spent thousands and thousands of dollars changing my hair….and I always hated it.  I was a young black girl in Saskatchewan with little to no opportunity to have the newest styles for black hair, and I hated it.  I never went swimming, couldn’t, it would mean my hair would get wet…..I hated camping cause when you pay to get your hair straightened and set you don’t want to risk something happening to it….hair was drama.  Then 5 years ago I decided I was done.  I decided that my natural hair was me and if others didn’t like it, tough shit. I cut it off and twisted it.  As as the twists grew they ‘loc’d up’.  As as the loc’s grew so did my love of my hair.  I now have glorious long locs of hair down to the middle of my back.  I go swimming without even thinking about it.  I go out in the rain for a walk with the kids and don’t think about it.  I  just plain don’t think about it.  It’s my hair, and it’s a part of me and I love it.  5 Years ago I decided that I loved myself and that has been the best part of the second half of my life.

Now if only I could get rid of my chin hairs.

2 Responses to “Chin hairs and dimple butt.”

  1. antim said

    In my experience, there is no hope for chin hairs. I have a weekly regimen of Nair-for-Faces that helps, but yikes! What kind of hormonal nightmare am I?

    Also in my experience, loving your hair is a big step for many girls, whether it’s curly-wants-straight or brunette-wants-blonde or whatever your grass-is-greener may be.

    As a child of the 70s, all I ever wanted was straight hair. And long hair. And I fought my curls for years. College and a lack of budget for expensive cuts and treatments led me to the glorious discovery that my curly hair, left to its own devices is really quite something.

    Hair solidarity! And Happy Birthday!

  2. Allison Sim said

    Thanks, I’m getting older….growing out and up….and loving every minute of it.

    allison

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