JANET CONNERS REACTION
We have had dozens of responses to my decision to change my hair ... and I've posted all of them ... good and bad.
As you might expect ... my wife also has a reaction. What follows ... are her words ... no editing. I wouldn't dare. PS Also, at the very end ... I do have some remarks about why my arm is in a sling ... so read all the way through.
Then ... we'll look for your reaction.
Okay ... Here's Janet!!!! WHEN YOU FINISH READING HER REMARKS ... LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF HER COMMENTS... NOT JUST WHAT YOU THINK OF MY NEW LOOK. COMMENT ON JANET'S REMARKS ... THAT'S GOING TO BE A REAL TEST.
Sean Connery. Michael Jordan. Vin Diesel. Bruce Willis. Paul Shaffer. Kevin Eubanks. Samuel L. Jackson. Yul Brynner. Telly Savalas.... I could go on, but I think it's pretty clear these men have one thing in common: they've embraced their bald.
As a girl, I loved watching "The King and I." I thought Yul Brynner was exotic (okay, I know now the difference between acting and real life, but I was a kid, okay?? Gimme a break...), larger than life, had these expressive eyes (which I noticed because he didn't have hair getting in the way), and was downright handsome. On the sports scene, handsome Michael Jordan paved the way for more men to explore shaving their heads. Have you seen David Beckham's "summer bald?" Hot.
Being raised a Southern girl, hair (next to manners) was everything. I mean, we really embrace BIG hair in the South. When I was in our high school's nationally award-winning show choir, big hair was a must for the stage (I remember stumbling through the fog of Aqua Net to take my place on-stage). And when I started doing a few Miss America "prelim" pageants? My hair was bigger than my body AND my teeth combined.
When I was 28, after giving birth to my daughter, a funny thing happened: I wanted to cut my hair OFF. It had nothing to do with limited time for myself - I just felt liberated, like my inside person had finally emerged and no longer wanted to hide behind all that big hair. So I cut it short. And I loved it. I felt like "Here I am - like it or leave it."
Since then, I've changed it many times over. It's been brown, blonde, red, curly, big, straight, short, medium, long (thanks to the miracle of hair extensions)... In fact, I've always told my husband the only constant about my hair is that it's always changing. He never knows what he's gonna come home to...
So I guess the main thing I learned is that I no longer needed my hair to define me; I define my hair. I wonder if that's how .007, Jordan, Samuel L., Eubanks and Kojak felt - that they're big enough inside that it takes over the outside.
As for my husband?? I've encouraged him for years to do this. I LOVE it. It looks great. It feels great. In fact, it's so easy to care for I'm a little jealous...
If you haven't had to good fortune to know Larry, I can tell you he's the consummate gentleman, loves to laugh and have fun, has a heart of gold and a personality bigger than Texas. When you've got all that workin' for ya, who needs hair?
That's my Janet. SO TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK OF HER REACTION.
Regarding the arm sling ... I had rotator cuff surgery. Dr. Rick Lehman told me that the MRI showed that it was bad ... and once we got into surgery ... he found it much worse. In his words ... my biceps were "shredded". He did say that he didn't know how I put up with the pain as long as I have. I did it probably the way many of you handle pain .... you just keep going and raising your pain tolerance until you can't go any more. Dr. Lehman told me that recovery and rehab from rotator cuff surgery is tough, painful and long. My friend and our Sports Director Steve Savard says he knows pros who have had this surgery and find it one of the most difficult. Still, I've heard from some of you who have had it, and I know it will be worth it in the end. It's not life threatening ... just one of life's little hurdles. Again, thanks for your support, and I know you enjoyed my wife's comments. Look forward to hearing from you.