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October 07, 2007

You look great today!

Parkhurst_ccheadwrap_smDo you even know how beautiful you are?

As my husband and I waited to be seated at dinner last night, I had the strange experience of feeling invisible while knowing that I was conspicious in my hat and baldness.  The only place to sit was right by the women's restroom, so dozens of women walked by me, fidgeting, putting their hands to their hair unconsciously, running through their list of things to do as they squeezed in a moment to freshen makeup and put that unruly curl back in place while still getting back to the table in a reasonable amount of time.

Others walked by as they exited, hugging friends, self-consciously running their hands through their own long hair as they made plans to meet again, or dodging a stray wisp that escaped the ubiquitous college ponytail as they laughed and said goodbye to new acquaintances.

I allowed myself a few moments to remember when I had been in their shoes, seemingly carefree and yet not carefree at all. 

We as women worry about the most amazing things, don't we?  We worry about our makeup smudging, our hair falling out of place, the pound or two we gained, or lost, and it's never good enough, is it?

It should be good enough.  It really should.  Because every woman that walked by me last night had absolutely beautiful hair.  Long, short, curly, straight, thin, or thick, it was the diversity of hair that made me marvel ... there are so many ways to be beautiful.

What I'm trying to say is ... Your hair looks great today.

Sam also blogs at Toddler Planet and Review Planet, where she is learning to live without hair and draw on the eyebrows that she lost to chemotherapy.  Sometimes they come out crooked. 

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