Monday, November 27, 2006

Dawning Awareness

Some days when I go out, I wear my wig. Other days I don't. Today I did. And based on the number of people who smiled at me on my daily walk to the neighborhood grocery store, I'm toying with a theory that this damn wig could be making me look a whole lot friendlier than I actually am.





8 Comments:

Blogger Alto2 said...

My friend at The Family Blender was a big fan of your prior blog. She was happy to report you're back in the blogosphere with a new journal. I like your writing because it's honest, brutal, and not about mommying. I do notice that in all your self-portraits you are smiling. You may have lost your hair, your shyness, and your even keel, but you haven't lost your sense of humor. Stop by The Zone sometime.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Ron Sullivan said...

Well, by your own observation the wig does have a certain rumpled puppydog appeal. And who wouldn't smile at a woman with a puppydog on her head?

The gimme cap looks jolly, too. Maybe you're right, and it's all a matter of coming across as all friendly-like.

You know, though, it ain't half bad for an allegedly cheap wig. Or maybe it's the way you rock it.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Kimberli said...

its playful, yes. and you smile.... I'd approach you!

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Yes, I concur. The jaunty hat, the nautically stripey shirt, the smile -- all very friendly. Maybe you smile less when you don't wear the wig because your head is cold.

On the other hand, sometimes people are afraid to look bald women in the eye because they don't want to be perceived as staring, Everyone assumes bald women are cancer patients even though I've known several who shaved their heads for religious purposes, style choices, and for the sake of other people who really are cancer patients. A friend of mine is bald right now as a gesture of solidarity with her little 8-year-old daughter currently fighting acute T-cell leukemia and bald from chemo.

Openly disabled people suffer the same thing, the same unwillingness to look and see at all because it might be perceived as the wrong kind of looking. Frankly, it sucks.

You look awfully good for a woman at death's door, though, I must say.

2:05 AM  
Blogger Sock Girl said...

Hmm... I'd have to agree that it's really the whole package versus just the wig. You have a look that says "I'm creative and fun." I'd have smiled at you too.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Lymphopo said...

Except: people didn't smile at me before I wore a wig. Back when I had real hair.

Maybe it's the Ronald McDonald effect.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous patrizia said...

So glad to see you writing again because you are such a brilliant writer!

And what's up with Blogger not letting me use my excessive underlining HTML codes, huh? Next they'll be trying to take away my exclamation points!

2:43 PM  
Anonymous gw refugee said...

If I saw you on the street, I would smile at you, of course, I would have done the same thing, when you had hair....I have only met you one time, but you were very memorable, and I hate to read of all your trials...if anyone can make lemonade out of this, you can. I am rooting for you!!
rosey wishes

3:37 PM  

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