By the hair of my chinny-chin-chin
Dawn Reed Times Columnist
I’m mortified. I’d be in the floor right now, but then wouldn’t be able to reach the computer. I’ve found something worse than a hair in the biscuits and gravy!
For many years, I longed for thick, wavy hair. (Mine has always been straight and thin.) Finally, I DID get some thick, wavy hair … and they are gray, wouldn’t you know. And they just keep multiplying! I lose bunches of gray hairs every day. In fact, if I kept even a small portion of them, I could make a fine hairpiece for my husband. (I love him without hair, though.)
I had a couple of loose gray hairs on my scrub top the other day and brushed them off. A co-worker said, “Wait, there’s another one,” and she reached to get it. That’s where I wish I could say, “The End.” But no … the hair was attached to my chin! Talk about embarrassing! She was the youngest one in the office! Of all people!
We looked awkwardly at each other for a moment — she still held my chin hair in her hand. I leaned closer and whispered sternly, “You grab it and yank it with all your might!” She squinted her eyes and jerked as hard as she could! It hurt.
Thank goodness she got it with her first pull! I hugged her and gushed, “You’re a true friend!” It’s not everybody you can ask to pull out a chin hair! We went off to our work and our patients to finish the day. I laughed and chatted with the kids I worked with, but in the back of my mind I was still horrified. “Why couldn’t I have a ginormous chin hair at home — for the love?!”
At the end of the day, I confided in one of the other girls about what had happened. It was hard to even speak it. She’d already heard. Had I not been in such shock when it all went down, I might have mentioned, “Let’s keep this on the down-low.”
I’ve heard several jokes about my chin hair. How can they NOT laugh? It is what it is.
I haven’t mentioned it to my co-workers, but I can’t help thinking of what the little pig said when the wolf threated to blow the house in … “Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin …” I know EXACTLY what he’s talking about! But does that “chinny-chin-chin” part mean more than one chin? I have that problem, too. Oh, poo!
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