This might be the last blog post for a bit. (You get a break during the holidays!) My sister Eileen arrives today and then as soon as we say goodbye to them we’ll be packing and heading to Flower Mound to see the Littles. I talked to them today. Calli wanted to know if I was bald. I told her I wasn’t but that only Pop had seen how ugly my hair looked but I’d show her if she wanted to see it. Of course she did. And (probably because of what she had imagined) she told me it looked just fine. It’s bad…bald patches, scruffy no matter what I do to it…but for a kid who expected bald it looked just fine.
So here are some glamour shots taken by my favorite photographer. Picture #1
Jackie Neiman’s wig (Jackie is a dear friend from Longmeadow. Her son, Aaron, was in my second grade class years ago ..now a sophomore in college) Jackie organized the charm bracelet with another teacher friend, Deb George. Jackie is a breast cancer survivor (twice…both when the kids were small). She’s funny, she’s smart and she is one of the most beautiful women I know . Shawl is from Milissa Culbertson who taught kindergarten at Cranberry (now second grade) Milissa is one of those beautiful people who made it worthwhile to come to school every day. She’s one of the people you’d want your kids to have for their first experience in a big, big school …gentle, patient, good humored but smart and strong. Lucky for me that I got to know her at Cranberry.
Anderson wig, Kate shawl
Picture #2 Wig from MD Anderson . The shawl is from Mari Hennessey, another breast cancer survivor. Her daughter, Ceci, was in my class years ago. She’s now a freshman in college. Ceci, that beautiful, tiny little sweetheart has grown up to be an amazing young woman who has volunteered with a group to work in Haiti during her winter break. (or maybe it’s spring break) Her mom teaches in Chicopee (I first met her when I did workshops there) She’s from Puerto Rico and is beautiful through and through. Her shawl was made for her by a good friend and she’s passing it on. I told her when I wrap it around me, I visualize the latest pictures I’ve seen of her(from the Rays of Hope walk) looking so vibrant, so alive, so gorgeous…
Wig from MD Anderson . They have an interesting selection and I think I tried on almost every one. I picked this one because I figured the girls would like it and it was so “not me”…Jackie’s is more me and more comfortable. The really short ones didn’t look good so this is the one I got. The prayer shawl is from Kate Sullivan, a very old friend (well she’s not VERY old but we’ve known each other since high school.) Kate and I were also in the Sisters of St. Joseph together (I left way before she did) and she was a chaplain at Providence Hospital when Erin was born and was present at her birth. We lost touch when she moved to the midwest, reconnected several years ago and this past winter, Kate spent three months in Venice, going to yoga, visiting with my family, paddle boarding, shopping, walking the beach with me. She’ll be back this year and we’ll see her in late February. She picked the colors of the Gulf for her shawl…Think she knows me well?
So there you have it…two wigs, three shawls. The shawls are in my favorite hangouts at Anne’s house…her living room, the reading room and Anne’s office upstairs. So no matter where I sit down to read or relax, I have one waiting for me.
Love to all. Life is SO good.