I got some barrettes!
This is a very big deal for me because at this time last year, I was bald.
I remember the first time after cancer treatment that I felt the wind in my (very) short hair. What luxury! It was a luscious feeling after months of being bald.
Soon after that, I needed to actually run my fingers through my hair in order to tame it. And more recently, I’ve needed to use a comb or brush. All of these are incredible sensory experiences that I’m sure I took for granted before my cancer treatment took all my hair away.
All my life, my hair has been a statement because of sheer volume and lots of curls. Now that it’s growing back from chemo, it’s even curlier than it used to be; I hear that this is not uncommon for post-chemo hair.
Since it’s so curly, it’s starting to look a little goofy, but I’m not ready to have it cut or shaped. After we’re on the East Coast, I figure it will have enough length to be worth shaping. So for now, I figured that barrettes might tame some of the goofier curls, and I swiped a couple of my daughters’ clips to test them out.
Today, I needed a little retail therapy because the goodbyes to my friends and workmates (our move is only about two weeks away) are getting more and more overwhelming. A Target stop was in order, and I got a few new barrettes! I stood there in the hair accessories aisle at Target and got all choked up to be lucky enough to be there with all the other ladies with hair, doing something so mundane as selecting and buying barrettes.
The thought of having hair long enough to use barrettes is really something. Really really something.