I've been thinking about hair a lot lately. It seems to pop up in some strange places (as well as in the usual ones).
Keep in mind - I have very light hair. I never waxed or plucked my eyebrows until a month or so ago and that's just so I would have an easier time coloring in the lines. Likewise, I rarely shave my legs because the hair just isn't visible. Oh, it's there... you just can't see it until there's a mini-beard just below my kneecaps.
So, Z-boy is petting my ankles the other night and he looks up at me and asks, "Mommy? Don't you EVER shave your legs????" Which brings up two questions in my mind. When does a 7 year old boy start noticing that women shave their legs in the first place, and, when do they start noticing if you don't???? That made me actually look at my legs and notice the mini-beard, so I shaved my legs this morning.
The other thing I've noticed as I've gotten older is that I get hair in places it didn't used to be. I suppose this is the ramp-up to menopause and I can always blame it on "hormones", but it is very odd to say the least. I have had the typical big hair suddenly sprout out of my chin or the side of my nose. Those are immediately noticeable (at least if I look at myself in the mirror every day) and can be plucked without much ado. No, the one that's got me flummoxed is the ear hair. Not the inside-the-ear hair... this one is on my ear lobe.
One day I am brushing my hair up into a pony tail and putting the elastic band on but my ear is caught up in a hair, so I take my hair down, carefully put the hair behind my ear and start again. Again, my earlobe flips up. This is darned peculiar, so I take my hair down again. I comb it behind my ears, gather it up and up goes my earlobe. Ack! So I look closer and realize that there is a thick, long gray hair that has grown out of the bottom of my earlobe and I can actually pull it up into my ponytail!!!! How did it get there and get that long without my noticing??? As it turns out, it's magic hair. I plucked it out and a week later, another one appeared - instantly long, thick and gray. It wasn't there the day before... not even a hint of extraneous hair, then BOOM! There it is.
This, of course, has me wondering if that is happening anywhere else on my body that I haven't noticed yet. Like behind my knee or on my elbow or the back of my neck or the middle of my back. It is a little unnerving and endlessly fascinating (probably not to you, but to me) because it is SO weird. Makes me wonder what other surprises the years ahead have for me.