A Silver Crown of Horror Splendor

Last Friday I spent the night at my grandma's house with my mom and sister and aunt and cousins. It was just a fun, random sleepover and we had a good time.

However, as I was getting ready the next morning I noticed something odd about my hair.

I found a gray hair. Gray! On my head!

I could not believe it - I was thinking that it must just be a really light blond hair. I proceeded to walk out of the bathroom, holding the offending strand out in front of my forehead, and I asked my mom (hoping for a negative answer).

Me: "Mom, is this a gray hair?"

Mom (squinting): "Yeah, it's gray."

Me (slightly panicked): "Are you sure it's just not really light blond?"

Mom (after she proceeded to pull the hair out of my head): "Yep, it's gray. you know how you can tell? See how it's kinky? Gray hairs kink like that."

I'm going gray. I'm way to young to be going gray. I don't even have children as an excuse yet.

My grandma and aunt, who were watching from the living room, proceeded to tell me that at this stage I could just pull the hairs out to fix the problem, and not to feel too bad, because now I could be introduced to the wonderful world of hair color!

Thanks, guys. Thanks a lot.

I think I'm traumatized. But I keep telling myself that last month was really stressful, so that must be why. Right? Can't stress make your hair go gray?

I went back into the bathroom and finished fixing my hair. I actually found another hair that was half gray, but I didn't share that little detail with my family. One gray hair is enough, thank you. The rest must be kept a secret.

It didn't help that when I told Derek I had found a gray hair he told me he doesn't think he's ever found a gray hair yet. And he's seven years older than me.

Thanks, Babe. Thanks a lot.

On my twenty-first birthday I remember my dad telling me that it was all down-hill from there. I just didn't think he meant so soon; I was thinking in ten years or something.

Oh, Dad, you were right. Rats, you were right.

I guess I couldn't be naturally young and pretty forever. There is no fountain of youth.

But then again, Proverbs says: "Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life." (Proverbs 16:31). If my crown of splendor is beginning now, then by the time I'm seventy it will probably be magnificient!

Right? Right.

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Jaime G. said...

i'm loving that scripture!!!
i've been plucking random grays from my head for about 6 years. not too long ago i did a more thorough inspection and realized if i were to continue plucking, i would look like i was losing my hair.
the hubs though... not a gray hair in sight. (and his father was completely gray at 29).
i blame the hubs. it's only logical... i have the grays and he doesn't.

Lauren said...

I haven't found a gray yet, but I also color my hair which could be part of it. I may always have to color my hair for fear of what I might find if I don't!

Unknown said...

Totally right and I love the scripture at the end :) My sister is 23 and has found gray hairs a couple of times. Your not alone :)

Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

Yes, stress can make you gray...but if that's the case, I would have grayed two years ago. LOL
But the Bible does say it's the 'crowning glory' so I say go with it! Embrace the wisdom & knowledge that (hopefully) comes with age. :)

Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

By the way -- a friend of mine was gray at 18 -- consider yourself blessed!

Jessica said...

Aww, I'm sorry! I remember the time I found my first gray hair...I was a senior in high school! So I've had gray hair for awhile, but it's only a few unnoticeable pieces here and there. I never notice it unless I straighten my hair, and then they seem to stick out a lot more b/c of the way the light shines off of them. I'm just trying to love and enjoy my hair for as long as I can...that's why I don't color it or ever even highlight it: I want to enjoy the natural color for as long as I can!

Luke has gray hair too! Just right by his ears. And we're both only 25. I feel for our kids, because they are doomed to go gray early!

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

Haha, I've been pulling gray hair since I was 19. I always blamed it on my younger brothers giving me gray hair, lol. ;-)

AmyK said...

Aw. Good verse, though! Paul has lots of gray hairs; he has for years. He's 28 now but he has been getting grays since he was like, 19. Or something like that.
I'm secretly glad I'm blonde for this very reason.

Stephen and Larissa said...

I found one the other day too! You are not alone and I think we're about the same age. I pulled it out, but may have to think about hair color too....

Jenene said...

Oh Callie! You're funny. Art discovered my first gray hair last April. Having your husband point it out is even worse!

I now have 4 gray hairs, that I know of. I pulled two of them out, one especially because it was short and sticking straight up off the top of my head for all the world to see!

You should search your husband's head for him. I'm sure he's got some gray hiding in there!

Anonymous said...

I found my first gray hair when I was 17- and I almost died! I pulled it out, and the good news is- I haven't had another one since! I think the same thing happened to Holly when she was around 19, and she's 30 now, and doesn't have any, so don't worry too much! :-)
I'm hoping to call you soon!

Kara @ Just1Step said...

Haha aww it's ok Callie. I have several friends with gray hair. No worries. :)

Kelley said...

I have found gray hairs for years, but they have never clustered together. I am lucky enough to have natural red hair, and I DON'T want to start dyeing it....so I hope to make it into my 30s before there is enough gray to really notice.

However my husband...who is also 25...has gone completely gray...

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