The picture on the sidebar is quite accurate, enough so that at the conference people recognized me based on the drawing. I commented on this a few days ago, mentioning that I almost cut the hair off just before the conference. Michele commented that I should leave it because some girls would kill for long curls like I have (and sometimes I would kill to get rid of them). Tristi said they were like my signature.
I started thinking about how true this is. When I was born I had corkscrew hair, or as my husband calls it, squiggy. The only time I ever had hair remotely straight was after the birth of my second child. It's amazing how hormones affect everything, even hair. But after my third came along, the curl came back with a vengeance.
Once in a while, I'll straighten it, which takes way to long, but I love getting rid of the frizz for a day or two. There have been times when people ignore me with the straight hair because they don't recognize me. Once I approach them and say Hi, they realize their mistake, but I find it quite funny.
The most amusing incident happened a few years ago. My husband and I went out to dinner one Friday night. I had straightened my hair that day, and he looked good as always. We were sitting in the restaurant enjoying our meal when a friend from town came up behind us to say hello. Her blush indicated to me this wasn't just a normal "Hey, fancy meeting you here" type of greeting. She proceeded to tell us that she was there with her husband and two other couples we knew. They had spent much of their meal watching my husband out of the corner of their eyes and discussing how to deal with the situation. You see, the straight hair threw them. They thought he was out with another woman and were trying to decide whether to call me or confront him. I'm glad they chose the confront him option. I can only imagine trying to squash rumors of the other woman once they reached our small town.
So I guess it is a signature and I probably will keep it for the time being, at least to preserve our reputations and truth is, I usually can't be bothered to make appointments with the hairdresser anyway.