Sunday, January 24, 2010
"That lady has crazy hair"
So, I was in Whole Foods last night, waiting for some folks to move so that I could get to the ingredients I was after in the bulk aisle, and I saw this little girl staring right in my face. I knew exactly why she was staring, but I was still sort of gobsmacked. Doesn't anyone teach their children not to stare at strangers anymore? Anyhoo, I just pretended to study my list intently and waited for her and her mother to move one. Fastforward to checkout time, and of course I ended up right behind this little girl and her mother. As I waited, I hoped she wouldn't do what I was expecting her to do. I stared at the magazine covers, hoping that if I ignored her she would ignore me. No such luck. "Mama" I heard her say. Here we go, I thought. Then she did it, she pointed at me and said "Mama, that lady has crazy hair!" Her mother wasn't really paying attention to her, so of course she had to say it again, still pointing. ***Sigh***
I wish I could say this is the first time this has happened to me, but it's not. And they always point like I'm some animal in a cage at the zoo. And they always use the same word: crazy. I just wonder where it starts. Where do children so young get the idea that the hair that grows out of my head is "crazy"? Different, OK, I understand that. But crazy? Where does that word come from?
Has this ever happened to you?