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Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) – My Life as a Turnip…

Or, Musings on Appearance and Inner Beauty

Last week I took the plunge and got about 6 inches of my hair chopped off.  Why?  Because with a head of thick wavy-to-curly hair and a thin face, I was feeling a bit like a needle in a haystack.

Before I went to my hair appointment, my husband reassured me that he’d love me no matter how I looked – or what I did with my hair.  We discussed different styles; I told him my current frustrations, along with my concerns and fears.  One of these was that I would end up looking like…

mushroom head

a mushroom.

At the salon, my hairdresser looked at the pictures I brought (all short styles), but seemed hesitant to do what I asked.  Afraid of insisting on what I wanted – and perhaps discovering how wrong I was – I deferred and agreed to try an in-between style with a short back and long front.   The result was that I came away looking like…

turnip head

a turnip.

As I left the salon, I felt shell-shocked, embarrassed, and actually agitated.  I stole furtive glances at passerbys to see if they were reeling in horror. Surprisingly, they didn’t seem to be staring, let alone noticing me at all!  When I bumped into an acquaintance that evening on the subway, he made no mention of my vegetative state and chatted with me as if nothing was amiss.

I’ve decided to embrace my new look as “unique”, fresh and youthful…the new me.  (Ok, that’s not quite true.  I’ve got another haircut booked for today.)

“Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.”
(Samuel Butler)


    • Thanks! And thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment.

      With all best wishes,
      Joana (no longer a turnip-head…)

  1. Martha Heiden says

    Short hair is more youthful, imho. Don’t be afraid of change.

    • I did it! My new pixie is definitely more youthful – yet sophisticated, too. Goodbye turnip, hello…green pea?

      Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comment – Joana

  2. I like the turnip! I would love you if you were bald!!

    • Hi Andrea,

      I’m a turnip no longer…maybe now I’m more like a green pea. I did the pixie thing.;-) Will post a picture soon.

      Meanwhile, I hope we can get together sometime soon over coffee or lunch. It would be fun to catch up in person…

      Ciao – Joana

  3. Well, I think the turnip drawing s perfectly cute. I don’t know what I saw on the Facebooks, but it looked neither turnippy nor pea-esque.

    • Hi Helen,

      Thank you my dear. My mom liked the turnip ‘do (I sent her a real picture), but she likes the latest incarnation the best. That’s a good thing because the next step would be to go bald. 😉

      We’ve had a day of snow, but no real accumulation. Fine with me. I hear that you have quite a bit of snow in Milwaukee now. Andy is there this week (and I miss him!)

      Ciao dearie, Joana

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