Honk If You Like Bald Women!

… or if you like to watch John Cleese dancing in the street for no apparent reason.
 


 

I am a reformed mohawk fashionista.  I have also recovered from my teen ails of putting hydrogen peroxide in my hair.  And I haven’t permed my hair since my early 20’s.  But of all the hairstyles I’ve had over the years, the one I loved the most was being bald.

Four years ago, there was a fundraising challenge where I worked to support one of our manager’s teams in the Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer, in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.  If a certain amount of money was raised, one of our bartenders who had been bald by choice since his teens was going to grow his hair in for a few months.  Being the competitive type I am and not wanting him to get all of the attention and glory, I said if we doubled that goal I would shave my head.  We doubled it.  I shaved my head.

Going bald was one of the best life experiences I have had.  To support an honourable cause was a privilege.  It happened just a few months after my mother died and while cancer was not her actual cause of death, she did have three different forms of it when she passed so it was done in memory of her.  I had the opportunity to reinforce a lesson I had tried to teach my three kids:  beauty is on the inside.  They all initially almost feared me doing but that transformed into a pride in their mama I don’t know I ever could have otherwise offered them.  And heck, it was a helluva lot of fun.  I even had my hairdresser give me a mohawk through the shaving just to be able to say I had donned one in my lifetime, if only for a few minutes.

And here I sit a few years later pondering the irony of that experience against the circumstances of my life today.

Five weeks ago, my doctor had to cut off some of my hair to do surgery to begin to remove a skin cancer tumour from the outside of my head.  It remains a privilege to support an honourable cause – the fight against cancer – and I now occasionally buy sunscreen to give to complete strangers in hopes they never have to hear their doctors utter the same words mine did to me.  Memories of my mom’s cancer battles return to me and I know she is sending me the same strength and courage she had.  I get to revisit yet another lesson I have tried to teach my children:  when life gives you lemons, become a juggler.  And although they naturally all had some fear around my cancer diagnosis, my kids are now the ones who remind me to put my sunscreen on.  And yep, I’m even finding the [and the funny!] in the dysfunctions of my health.  Who knew buying hats could offer so much entertainment?

Like today’s post?  Okay, sure, go ahead and hit the like button, I do enjoy seeing those little stars appear in my notifications tab.  But that’s just for my benefit.  Spread the love to others too, others who may need it more than I.  Buy a bottle of sunscreen and give it to somebody, anybody.  Perhaps a homeless person who is outside and exposed to the sun most of their days.  Donate your money and/or your time to your local cancer society.  Or go the extra mile if you have really long hair and shave your head to send your lovely locks to the organizations who make wigs for cancer patients.  The experience could prove to be one of the best in your life too.  And gosh darn, don’t forget to get the mohawk while you’re doing it!

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,
the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.”

~   Audrey Hepburn   ~

Mohawk

 
In response to today’s Daily Prompt – These Horns Were Made For Tooting:

Today, share something you love about yourself  — don’t be shy, be confident! — but that few other people know about you or get to see very often.

 


Listen to music. It could save your soul. Be kind. It could save someone’s world. Wear a hat. It could save your life.

 
 

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17 thoughts on “Honk If You Like Bald Women!

  1. Hello, Marianne!

    Didn’t have much chance to linger yesterday, thought I’d pop in today. Wow! Blown away!
    What a beautiful post! No wonder your kids are so proud! Their mom is one strong lady, rocks a mowhawk, shares her strength…all while keeping those lemons at bay. Beautiful words…I’ll be back!
    ~Em

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    • Thanks for stopping by the taking the time to leave a note for me YvoCaro, and the compliment on my writing. Sadly I was a sunbather in my early days but sunscreen wasn’t really promoted back then. Have about 5 bottles of it now though I tell ya and all my kids use them too thank goodness! Hope you have a happy day … Marianne

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  2. And a HONK from me! I’ll fess up to having a mohican….. once upon a time….. seems insane now, but it was fun at the time. I’ve just been having a look around your blog and wanted to drop you a line to say what a great place you have created here – and to ask how is the book going?

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    • Thanks for the note Claire, and especially for the kind words. Funny the things we do in our younger years how they seem so crazy to us now eh? I still laugh when I see pics of me with a perm. Goodness gracious ha ha. And thanks for the kind words on the site, I’m loving having it that’s for sure. Book is in a lull for the moment, but that’s okay, I don’t call it writer’s block, just a rest, that way I don’t get frustrated or bothered by it. It will pick up again when some new inspiration lands my way I’m sure. Have a happy day … Marianne

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  3. Thanks for taking the time to read y blog. I’m glad you did because it led me to you and this blog about hair couldn’t be more timely. My best friend is losing her hair this week due to treatment for cancer and I have been at a loss as to how to console her. I am going to send her your blog and hope it makes her smile.

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  4. I stopped coloring my hair about two years ago. Now I’m wondering if it was such a good idea. I have that fine thin stuff masquerading as hair on my head. When I was coloring it, it actually looked like hair. As for length, I wear it in a pixie because I can’t do a thing with it. :/

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    • I did too after I shaved my head, let it grow it completely naturally which is about 80% grey already (it started in my early 20’s). Only went back to it last year just for a bit when I needed a new job and didn’t want to look 10+ yrs my age in case I wouldn’t be considered for a job. Now back to natural and loving it! Kept it pretty short after the shave too and love that too! 🙂 Marianne

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