It is Memorial Day weekend; unofficially regarded as the start of the summer season. I don’t need the calendar to tell me that it’s summer; nor do I need the weatherman to officially name it; for me to claim it. You see, I have an instrument more accurate than a meteorologist’s thermometer, barometer, or hygrometer. I have the hair on my head.
As I type this, my hair is expanding like a weather balloon preparing to take flight. I once dreaded this annual migration (up and out) of my hair. I use to try to beat it into submission with lotions and potions; trying to discipline it according to someone else’s rules of proper hair decorum. My efforts were futile and costly. I’ve stopped fighting nature.
Now I welcome this transformation. It marks my connection with the other beasts of the earth. The Atlantic salmon rushing up stream; will not be stopped. The Wildebeests of the Serengeti plains; traveling over 1600 miles to Kenya’s Masai Mara; will not be stopped. My hair cannot be stopped. I like the fact that on those sizzling and steamy days of summer when I just want to lay down and stay put; my hair has the gumption to get up and go.
My hair responds to all the seasons, but with summer, it rises to the occasion. I’d like to think it’s giving our guardian a standing ovation; showing some love; giving respect; you might say. The revolution of the Earth around the Sun brings the seasons. My evolution as a person has taught me to relax and be a witness to the beauty; to be grateful to be alive to experience another summer.
I love India.Arie’s song I am not my Hair. I embrace the songs sentiments; but in the summer, when my hair is unapologetically unruly, audacious and so in your face (and sometimes in my face); I wish I was more like my hair.
Here’s another haiku.
A rebellious kinky thing
Belies my nature
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