empresspatti (empresspatti) wrote,

One last invisible thought....

Do you talk to the person who checks out your groceries?  Would you recognize them if they weren’t standing in the store?  Do you have a favorite librarian or bookstore clerk?  Do you notice people at all?  I sometimes watch people, on metro or in public places, mostly because I'm nosy.  More often I'm in my own self-absorbed fog and don't see the people I interact with daily.   .   


Sometimes people talk to me on the street and I fumble mentally to remember how I know them.  Even more embarrassing, I know them, and can’t remember their name.  Arg!


Family can make me feel the most invisible.  To illustrate….


Two years ago, I looked at my hair and decided that everyone not me was right, I was too gray.  Most of my friends dye their hair.  Since I can’t even bring myself to use mascara (bristly brush + eyeball = ick), I had never bothered. Just do it, I thought, buying the Loving Care


Sunday evening during Desperate Housewives, I broke out the box and applied color.  I peeled off the gloves and flushed them.  I wrapped the plastic around my head and waited.  Then I read the rest of the instructions and realized that I’d need gloves again.  Ooops. 


I slung a towel over my bare breasts and skittered downstairs to the kitchen for rubber gloves.  There stood Mr. Wonderful, watching the tv, eating ice cream. 


“Boobies,” he said, making a pinching motion vaguely aimed at my chest.


I didn’t say anything, because I realized that he had not looked at my head.  He had completely missed the plastic bag of shoe polish adorning my hair!  As if I walk around the house without my shirt, ever?  I picked up the rubber gloves and went back upstairs. 


Two weeks later, at dinner, I said to my family, “Anybody notice anything different?”


No one, not husband, son, daughter, my parents or any of my friends had noticed that I had dyed my hair.  I’ve never bothered again. 
Tags: one last invisible thought....haircolor
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