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Hair, Then and Now



Well, it’s hard for me to think about anything but my book right now. So that’s where my stream of consciousness is at the moment. There is mention of hair in the book. My stream branches off to a particular scene in Chapter 1 when I first meet him. It was 1971. His hair was long in the back, almost over the collar, but tucked behind his ears, because his father wouldn’t let it cover his ears. But later, he must have not cared as much, his father, I mean, because in the photo Caroline took of us – the photo I’m using for the book  cover – shows it longer. Was it David Cassidy, or Bobby Sherman, who had this kind of hairstyle back in the 70s?


I resisted the urge to edit this photo to focus on the hair. But doesn’t the fringe on my poncho look like hair?  Maybe not. I’m looking for a poncho like that to do a retake of the photo.

My hair was redder in the 70’s. Now, the red is fading – just when I’m starting to appreciate being different. In my childhood, I was called, “carrot top,” or “red-headed woodpecker.” I didn’t like being different. But now, I know red heads are rare. I’ve heard red heads are becoming extinct, but I don’t believe it. And that thing about the temper, that’s not necessarily true. I have very little temper compared to most people. I tend to cry sooner than rage. But I haven’t cried much over the past few years, except lately when my father died, but I know he is happy with mom who was also a red head.

I’ve cried tears of joy more than tears of sadness of late, for my true love nurtures my heart’s desire. When I saw him again after 39 years, his hair was short and silvery on the sides. My father liked that he had short hair. I’m glad my father got to meet him again and to know that he turned out to be a good man worthy of his rare red-headed daughter.

And speaking of the 70s, I just can’t resist adding this trailer from the movie, Hair. 

FYI, on an unrelated note to hair, the new header photo is one I took of the painting I did for the back cover of the print version of Trust the Timing. Dogs are a big part of our story. When we got married, we had 5 dogs between us. That’s a lot of dog hair.  🙂

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt, in case you didn’t guess, was “hair,”brought to us by, Linda Hill at:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

21 thoughts on “Hair, Then and Now

  1. Reblogged this on Loving Me, Too and commented:

    I finally love my hair.

  2. I love red hair too x great post x much love barbara x

  3. Red hair has always fascinated me! There is no one version of it 🙂 And I loved the header picture – I was planning on asking you when I saw you actually painted it. Lovely 🙂

    • Thanks, Praj 🙂 The painting was quite a project. I felt nervous about painting the dog silhouettes, wanting them to be just right, but then realizing they don’t have to be perfect. They do look like the five dogs we had when we got married. We’ve lost three due to old age, so I wanted to remember them this way. The two we have left are the coon hound barking up the tree and the little mutt on the left.

  4. If you can’t find a poncho, we can sew one. It shouldn’t be too hard.

    • I hadn’t thought of that. Thanks, Linda! I’ll look around for the fabric and a pattern. I haven’t sewn that much in years, but you’re right. It shouldn’t be that hard, especially if I can use someone’s sewing machine.

  5. That’s a nice photo. It’s funny about hair styles and how society had definite opinions about how long a man’s hair should be. The hair on our heads is such a big issue in life for men and women.

  6. I think it’s more Bobby Sherman than David Cassidy.

  7. Oh…JoAnna! I don’t know where I’ve been but I am so sorry for your loss. I know I have not been present very much, but is it alarming to know that I missed such an important moment in your life. Please forgive me, and accept my condolences.
    On a lighter note, I just LOVE the photograph of your young love…WOW!!
    Sending warm thoughts and wishes for peace ❤ ❤

  8. I’ve heard that the redder the hair the more it fades. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it does seeeeem that way. No worries, it’s supposed to add light to our aging faces, which is supposed to be more flattering. I don’t know, but it seeeeems that way 😉

  9. My Mom had auburn hair and I have a little red in my own hair. I like how your hair looks, JoAnna.
    I had two ponchos but they were mainly red plaid. Not too much white in them like the one you display here. I hope you will find someone close to where you live who has a similar poncho. I would try thrift shops and other resale shops. I’m so glad you found your lost love! Now, you are together and found each other. 💕

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