When I saw Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration theme today, “hair,” I couldn’t help but flashback to my hippie days, when I used to be just a hairy guy with long, beautiful hair. shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen hair. I used to be proud to be able to let my freak flag fly.
But that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. My hair started to thin out a little by the time I reached my mid-thirties and I realized that it was getting to the point that I could no longer hide the inescapable evidence of my hair loss. I tried everything imaginable to make it look like my hair was not receding, but by the time I was in my fifties, my wife gently informed me that my efforts to maintain the appearance of hair on my head just wasn’t working.
The good news, though, was that, around that time, shorter hair for men was back in style. In fact, many men started to shave their heads.I didn’t yet go that far in my fifties, but by the time I reached my early-sixties, my male-pattern baldness had gotten the best of me, and I, too, joined the ranks of the shaved head crowd. And there I remain today.
Do I miss my long, beautiful hair? Not really. Taking care of no hair is a whole lot easier than tending to long hair. But still, whenever I hear this anthem from 1970, I do get a little misty-eyed.