With a gray’n of salt
Thursday October 24th 2013, 10:33 pm
Filed under: Family

I left the pocket open. I wish I’d thought of this to add a few to Parker’s blankie when I was fixing it so that he would have a safe way to stick his hands through it like he likes to do, but at least I have the idea now.

We dropped the square off at knit night on our way to Home Despot to look at floorings. Afterwards, we were sitting talking when I looked at John and went, “Waaait… Is it just the lighting in here? Seriously? Am I seeing a few gray hairs?”

“Yup,” he grinned. “They’re there!”

If ever I needed proof that he’s the one kid who takes after my side of the family… My dad started going gray at 14, my mom had noticeable gray hairs by 30. (Right, Mom?)

One funny thing about marrying a kid whose parents were friends with mine all the way to when they were newlyweds is that my in-laws once showed me a picture from way back then of my dad when he actually had dark in his mustache and some color still in his hair. Which I had never seen.

I know, I know, John’s still brown on top with red in his beard–quick, before he goes! Take pictures!

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I can remember him thus, but then I’m the oldest. Salt and pepper hair, and a dark mustache. I was little.

Comment by Marian 10.24.13 @ 11:38 pm

Yup–I had premature grey, too. A beautician once asked me who ‘streaked’ my hair. I answered, “God.”

Comment by Abby McKean 10.25.13 @ 4:33 am

My husband had a grey streak at age 29 when I met him. But he likes to joke that I turned his hair pure white. Nuh-uh! It was his firstborn who did that! I have the photos to prove it, LOL!

Comment by Jody 10.25.13 @ 6:14 am

LOL. My kids have never seen their dad with hair and he was 25 when the first one was born.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 10.25.13 @ 7:52 am

Yes! Pictures! Lots and lots of pictures!
My kids (and hubby) used to make fun of my camera habit, but even the extended family is happy to look through my old photos! Yay!

Comment by Pam 10.25.13 @ 8:09 am

“Oh, the old grey mare, she ain’t what she used to be …”

“… to Home Despot to look at floorings.”
Home Despot?

Comment by Donald Meyer 10.25.13 @ 9:14 am

Oh my word, Don, you caught quite the typo, er, or social commentary. Knowing Alison, it was intentional but it slipped by my first reading, ha.

Grey hair is something that happened early to my mother’s side of the family (You have any Irish blood?) My Dad’s side stayed darker longer but I’ll tell you, it’s easier for a guy to turn distinguished grey young than for a wife to be mistaken for her husband’s mother. Drove my mom to the Clairol bottle early. Don’t think I ever saw her natural color.

Comment by LynnM 10.25.13 @ 10:33 am

My mother-in-law has been grey since I met her 36 years ago. She has never been concerned about it; in fact, she said it means she has never looked older than 40 or so!

Comment by twinsetellen 10.25.13 @ 4:18 pm

Funny, we also visit the Home Despot occasionally. :-). My FIL was grey from 19, so I hear…only one of ours had a patch of grey in his teens, but he has kept it well-hidden

Comment by Ruth 10.26.13 @ 10:12 am

What fun … that reminded me of finding a grey hair in my college roommate’s head, freshman year. She was non-pulsed; I was frenetic!

Comment by Channon 10.26.13 @ 8:36 pm

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