Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The gray hairs are starting to come in.....

as noticed in this photo. Note to self, do not take self-portraits any more. Your arm just isn't long enough. According to Bill Cosby, "Gray hair is God's graffiti" and to Mark Twain, "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." I kind of like my gray hair, I feel like I have earned those silvery strands, and as Mr. Twain was trying to tell us, it's all a matter of attitude. Of course we feel it a bit more when the bones tend to creak as we get out of bed in the morning, or if we've been sitting in one position for too long. But as long as I can I'm going to follow Mark Twain's advice. I'm also going to keep telling my hairdresser that no, I really don't want to get that dye job, not yet anyhow, probably never.

When I was in my younger days,
I weighed a 'few' pounds less,
I needn't hold my tummy in
To wear a belted dress.

But now that I am older,
I've set my body free;
There's the comfort of elastic
Where once my waist would be.

Inventor of those high-heeled shoes
My feet have not forgiven;
I have to wear a nine now,
But used to wear a seven.

And how about those pantyhose,
They're sized by weight you see,
So how about when I put them on
The crotch is at my knee?

I need to wear these glasses
As the print's been getting smaller;
And it wasn't very long ago
I know that I was taller.

Though my hair has turned to gray
And my skin no longer fits,
On the inside, I'm the same old me,
It's the outside's changed a bit.

~Maya Angelou~
My Younger Days


  1. Good for you, Denise. I, too, intend to let my hair go grey and then white, both pretty colors. It all depends on the style.

  2. A great attitude Denise! You have done well to have only found grey hairs now. I found my first ones in my 30's, but as I was a stay at home mother and not well off, I couldn't afford to have my hair dyed, so it went all grey in my 40's and white in my 50's. When I could then afford to have it dyed my hair dresser said it was a beautiful white and people pay to have it coloured like that. So that convinced me to stay white. The only trouble with grey hair you start to become invisible. People don't seem to notice you in shops waiting to be served or when walking on the footpath/sidewalk they do not see you and move out of the way. So you learn to be louder.

  3. Great poem, I agree with every word. I think you have fabulous hair!

  4. You're beautiful, Denise and that is a gorgeous photo of you. You're lucky you have so few gray hairs. Your hair is lovely! I have a ton of white and against black hair, it does stand out. However, I'm so lazy I'd never color it. I love this poem! It's so perfect for how I feel.

  5. I'm sure that poem was written for me! Agree with diane b about the invisibility angle for people with grey hair.

  6. Great poem - I could identify with it immediately ! you have lovely hair- good for you !I started to go grey in my twenties-it is such a bind not to mention expensive getting colour done-wish sometimes I never started.

  7. Great post Denise. I love the poem and OH how true it is.

  8. I've been coloring my hair since I was a teenager. So that a lot of years. Then the grey started coming. One day I told my hair guy to accentuate the grey. It's weaved now and I love it. My genes do not include pretty aging hair so I doubt that I will ever stop coloring it.

  9. I have grey hairs,white hairs,silver hairs, mousy brown hairs, black hairs,ginger hairs. My hairdresser said it would cost a fortune to dye it that way....so I'm leaving it!
    Your hair is the sort of hair I've always wanted...thick and luxurious.
    Jane x

  10. I am back to dying my hair, only because of the wedding, then it will be back to natural and grey again..........

  11. This post made my day Denise! I have taken to camouflaging my grays by adding highlights but I have noticed that my hairdresser has started to add a dark brown bowl next to her light one. As for those too small pantyhose, I fixed that, I just quit wearing them.

  12. It really is mind over matter. I started going gray at 17 and pretty much 50% white now. That just means I get to choose what color hair I want and the mood to match it!

  13. I admit that I dye my hair. Used to have the beauty salon do it but with the cost of gas going up I've learned from my daughter Jennifer how to do it at home for around ten dollars! Beats the beauty shop prices. But when I was doing chemo last year I couldn't dye it because the chemicals wouldn't take so I learned I could cover the grey hairs around my forehead with a mascara wand in the same shade as my hair. I also learned then that I could use dark eyeshadow as eyeliner. It creates a softer line than a eyeliner pencil.

  14. I love the poem! I keep debating with myself ~ do I want to dye it just one more time or finally admit I'm getting old? lol
    You look great!
    'hugs from afar'

  15. Hi denise
    Just found your blog through Sharon.
    I live in u.k. on the south coast and my brother lives in Devon.
    I love your poem, its speaks volumes.
    Did you write it yourself?
    Will be popping back to read more of your interesting life.

  16. Very nice thoughts and verse. I hear a same young voice until I look in the mirror.

  17. Bless you for wearing wisdom lightly and with great dignity.

    Warm Aloha from Honolulu

    Comfort Spiral




  18. Lov your poem, and I'm white now, so you have no worries my friend, besides you look very attractive and debonair.

  19. Once I have had a bit of a wash and brush up I quite like my grey hair and imagine myself as looking very distinguished. Today though I think I look like a tramp. Different day different person.

  20. A few silver strands only highlight the experience of a life well lived. I started going gray in my 30's and now in my 60's have a full head of it which I try to carry proudly. Lovely photo of you, Denise.

  21. I've always loved gray or white hair. I'm getting more and more, too. And I'm chronologically gifted these days! It's a great day to wake up each morning. ♥♫

  22. Dear Denise, you wear those greys so beautifully! When you get more, everyone will be asking who put those lovely highlights in your hair; I always said they're compliments from Mother Nature! My hair is silvery-white and I love it!

  23. You have taken a piece out of my mind. Tks. Anyway, let's us not turn into vinegar but improve with age, Denise, remember that the BEST is yet to come.

  24. As for me, I dressed up as the Easter Rabbit at a function the other night, some of my hair was showing beneath the "bunny hat", I don't know if they got an Easter Rabbit or a little grey "Hare". Pictures are up on my blog if you care to see what I mean. http://miramichirose.blogspot.com
    Happy Easter everyone!

  25. I get mine bleached...then let it go....then get it bleached. I have that dishwatery look without it...

    Love this poem!

  26. Thank you for all the great comments. I'm trying to get back to old posts and visiting everyone that I can this week, and also paying a return visit. Always seem to be way behind :(