– Monday Muse –
Dear One, it was midweek and I was running around doing errands with a perky brown wig on my head – for I had lost a lot of my hair. No, I was not dealing with cancer. At the time, the bald spots were determined to be the result of an allergic reaction.
So, as it turned out, one day I was bopping around town doing errands wearing a stylish wig, and the next day, I was bopping around without the wig…gray-haired. My hair had grown in to the point that I could get along without the wig.
Before I lost my hair, I colored it. With the removal of my wig, I was now a gray-haired woman, and figured it was the perfect time to just be gray.
After making stops at three stores, I wondered, what’s going on here? Am I being treated differently than I was yesterday? Then it hit me, clerks were more responsive to the younger looking version of myself. I was, to some degree, being ignored. I was shocked. Then I realized that turning gray in one day had given me a unique experience. Normally, people go gray over time, and therefore do not notice a change in behavior.
Still, I decided to remain gray, but one of my kids rejected the idea, and I went back to coloring it. Some time later, I was with a friend who said she was thinking of letting her hair go gray. I told her of my experience, and years later, she is still coloring her hair.
So, what’s the point? It could be that changes gradually made are hardly noticeable, but we all know that. I guess the story simply offers one of those little tidbits that don’t change life, but add to a better understanding of today’s society. Sometimes gray-haired people are ignored, and treated as less important than others. Therefore, they need to practice patience and forgiveness to the very end. And, if nothing else, doing so will please our Lord.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be gentle,
bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
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