I had my first perm when I was in high school.
Hold the phones and some horses.
I feel the need to go all Star Wars the prequel and preface that statement with a few facts.
1. I have a lot of hair. Like enough for myself and some friends.
2. No judgement. Perms were a thing. Like stirrup pants and earrings that looked like door knockers.
3. My hair has ADD. It can’t make up its mind whether it’s curly or straight. On the top it’s wavy. Simple, classic waves with a hint of curl and then you lift up the hair and there’s a whole other layer going on.
Business on the top.
I remember telling the stylist that I wanted big hair.
The bigger the better. As we say in Texas, the higher the hair, the closer to God.
She listened and followed through and I left the salon that day with a head of hair only a mother could love. And when I got home, I looked in the mirror and decided it wasn’t big enough and ratted it a little more and sprayed it with Aqua Net to stay.
I WENT OUT IN PUBLIC.
With my door knocker earrings and lumberjack shirt combination and my hair and my head held high.
And when people stared and turned around in WalMart and smiled awkwardly at me in aisle seven, I remember telling myself it was because I was amazing.
I was almost there. I was two steps away minus a can of AquaNet hairspray from super model status.
But I was close.
So close to amazing.
If you have met me for five minutes you understand. I can’t help it. That’s the way I’m made. I’m laughing and giggling and tripping and randoming and bobby pinning and red lipsticking my way through life’s journey.
I’m the girl with the giant ratted out perm.
I’m the girl who sang the Yellow Rose of Texas at the top of her lungs at the Jamboree.
I’m the non-singing innkeeper’s wife and the blue goo pancake maker and the mom who has dried up french fries in her car.
I’m so far from perfect that’s its almost perfection.
If we are going to be friends I just wanted you to know.
Just in case you ever felt like you were the only one who had a day with a little bit of randomness in it.
Don’t worry you are not alone.
Come sit by me. 🙂
PS The pretty pictures I used to distract you during my story came from this house tour.
PPS Can I add another random moment to the list?
This picture was taken in my hotel room when I went to Chicago to meet with publishers about the book.
I brought along two non-matching tennis shoes for the occasion.
PPPS In the amazing department……
……we WON the Frog Tape Challenge!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who voted. We won $5000 for the Humane Society.
Here’s to furry friends everywhere. 🙂
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