I let my hair go too long without a haircut. My hair is thick and heavy, and it grew long enough that even hair spray couldn’t keep my bangs out of my eyes. The other day in the classroom they kept falling into my face. Finally I got fed up. I grabbed a big paper clip and used it to pin them back.
The people at school know me. They’d look at the paper clip, shake their heads and laugh at my ingenuity.
At the end of the day, I left school. I went to the gym, the store and the post office. As I spoke to people each would just stare at me, nod his or her head, and slowly back away. I couldn’t figure out what their problem was.
After taking my groceries home I ran to the beauty shop for a hair-cut. I sat down in the chair. The beautician threw the cape over me and as she was pinning it up, she said, “You know you have a paper clip in your hair, right?”
With a bit of chagrin, I thought briefly of all the strangers whose paths I’d crossed between work and that moment — and then came dismay as I remembered the seven parent-teacher conferences I’d had that day ….