A hairy problem!

Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow Maybe

Sharing Stories
April 25, 2023 at 6:01 p.m.
Roger reading to his Edmonds Center writing group.
Roger reading to his Edmonds Center writing group.

...by Roger Wilson


When you think about hair,

it is difficult to find anyone who knows anything

 about hair.

When you are a youngster, it just grows.

Girls get to keep their hair.

Boys usually get it cut on a regular basis.

How can one family member have blonde hair,

while sister has brilliant red—

same parents, same genes, two very different


Talking about color:

How does your hair know when to turn white?

Or when to fall off your head?

Some front to back, some just in the back.

Why does hair wait until you are a senior to start

 showing up on your ears

or in your ears?

Eyebrows behave for years,

then they really go on a growth sprint.

Barbers know little or nothing about hair.

They just cut and turn you loose after removing it

from your ears, nose, and eyebrows.

How does a person get hair to take hold a second


when they give you an implant?

Does the implant also turn white and fall out?

Questions I can't answer.

Hair grows in strange places on your body:

under your arms, on your arms, legs, some

 people's chests.

Your face is a favorite place for hair to grow.


The Bible even talks about hair.

It says "God" even knows how many hairs you own.

It must keep God busy,

counting when it starts falling out!

Roger Wilson most recently taught in Washington. Before that, he was raised in Wyoming and went where the work was for Roughnecks, cowboys, Merchant Marines, airplane pilots, and other exciting careers. This piece is an excerpt from his book Loving Life, a Roughneck’s Guide to Having It All. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1515096955

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