Hair (How much deeper can it get?)

My hair is really poofy today. Every time I walk by the mirror I catch myself by surprise. What happened? Some people are cursed with flat hair. Not me. I have the poofy hair curse. No matter how much I press it down, it springs back, just like a sponge. When I was in the seventh grade, my nickname was actually sponge-head. When I was in high school, it was triangle-head. I remember once at a choir concert, the girl sitting behind me complained that although my body was only sitting in one seat, my hair took up two and she couldn’t see around my head. When I attempted to get myself into the Air Force Academy and was unable to pass the physical fitness test because I couldn’t do a pull-up, another friend suggested that maybe my hair was too heavy. The good news is that a few years after I graduated high school, I decided to graduate from getting perms as well. What was I thinking? So, even though my hair is really poofy today, it is not nearly as poofy as it was in years past. For that, I am thankful. I am also thankful for the cooler weather that Fall is bringing. I am also thankful that I finally thought of something else I could write about.

Here are a few pictures of past poofy hair. One of me and Chris, going to the Prom when we were seventeen (yes, that was the triangle-head year). The other is a few years later, at the height of poofiness with my mom, dad and brothers, right before I decided to stop the perm insanity.

  1. #1 by Kim on September 19, 2006 - 9:21 pm

    I know it all too well, Leslie!
    (Your poofy hair is beautiful!)

  2. #2 by Blogbarger on September 19, 2006 - 10:42 pm

    From poofy to poof,
    Mullet to bald (or balding depending on who you ask),
    ‘Till death do us part (or combover in my case)

    Loveth you always,

    C.B. Blogbarger

  3. #3 by Carrie on September 19, 2006 - 11:21 pm

    I loved you through all those poofy hair years. Where’s the picture with the mile high bangs?

  4. #4 by Jackie on September 20, 2006 - 8:18 am

    I remember your shadow passing the window of our Gaston Ave apartment and both of us giggling after Chris said, “I think that’s Leslie.” Your triangle-head went a little past high school. But we loved you. We’d find you in a snowstorm or recognize you from a milk carton.

  5. #5 by Leslie on September 20, 2006 - 8:31 am

    I know it’s a little hard to tell, but those ARE the pictures with the mile-high bangs. It’s just that they blend in with the rest of my mile-wide hair. See, other people had bangs ratted straight up while the rest of their hair was still all flat, so it really stood out. Not me. I stood out all over.

  6. #6 by Leslie on September 20, 2006 - 10:21 am

    Jackie, those were the days, weren’t they? Ah…the Fortune Villa. Remember Jimmie, the older lady who lived across the courtyard, who was always in a short bathrobe, with a drink in her hand, offering to watch our babies anytime?

  7. #7 by Blogbarger on September 20, 2006 - 11:59 am

    And now it all comes full circle as we wonder why we didn’t take Jimmie up on the offer. We could have had some great double dates while our kids learned how to make “mixed” drinks.

  8. #8 by Jackie on September 20, 2006 - 2:19 pm

    I do remember Jimmie. Blonde, or once-blonde, right? She had a lacy living room. I like how you made note of her short robe.

    Remember the hispanic lady downstairs who made Chris and Doug get her cigarettes and hamburgers because she had freeloadin’ good for nothin ne’er do wells as kids? At least she said so. Getting one little jar of her homemade salsa took 4 hours of your time. You’d make maple syrup faster.

    Okay, Les, remember talking to Chris Herndon on the walkway while he was in the shower? That was funny and awkward. I felt bad for you. I had to roll my eyes at him, to please for the love of all things modest, can he just not make us weird?? He insisted I was silly because while everyone knew he was naked, you couldn’t see anything so there was no problem. He was sure of this. I let it go.

  9. #9 by kirsty on September 20, 2006 - 4:25 pm

    Leslie, those were the days. you might recall that I used to get perms to have hair like yours! Big hair was in. Aren’t you glad that 70’s straight as a board came back in?

  10. #10 by Carrie on September 20, 2006 - 6:26 pm

    Not to be rude, but only people with naturally straight as a board hair were glad to see the 70’s straight hair come back!:)

  11. #11 by kirsty on September 20, 2006 - 7:38 pm


    HOW RUDE!!! Haven’t you ever heard of a flat iron?

  12. #12 by Carrie on September 20, 2006 - 8:42 pm

    Yeah, Kirsty, I do. Have one myself actually. Use it every day.

  13. #13 by Caity Hannon on September 20, 2006 - 10:31 pm

    I am just jealous that you have big hair… I have ugly dirty dish water boring brown flat hair.

  14. #14 by Carrie on September 20, 2006 - 10:48 pm

    Just curious Les,
    How much deeper do you think you can dig before you reach China? Cuz’ you’ve dug deep, deeper and even deeper, and there’s only deepest left. Waiting for your ‘digging deepest’ post……I’m thinking it’ll be REALLY good stuff!

  15. #15 by Bean on September 21, 2006 - 6:05 am

    Those pictures make me feel old…and I’m not even in them. It didn’t really hit me how badly my hairline is creeping back (outside of this narrow inlet in the middle) until I received those pictures from Zach’s baptism this past weekend. I now know that I should either shave my head bald or never ever bow my head again. Speaking of mile high bangs…I had them also (took an hour every morning with hair spray and a blow dryer)…the sad thing is I ALSO had jerry curls on the side and flippy curls in the back (no amount of hairspray could keep those down). Again…I feel old…but in retrospect am thankful I’m losing any potential of further mishaps or goofiness in the cranal region.

  16. #16 by Bean on September 21, 2006 - 6:08 am

    One other note…when you show these old pictures of you and Chris…you really see the girls. Perhaps that could be your next blog…a line up of pictures of you and Chris at the same age as Callie, Sadie, and Grace. Okay…maybe not.

  17. #17 by Your Mother on September 21, 2006 - 11:19 am

    Leslie, I’m sure you got your great hairstyling sense from your mother.

  18. #18 by Leslie on September 21, 2006 - 11:53 am

    We all look pretty good in that picture, eh? Great hair runs in the fam, I guess.

  19. #19 by Leslie on September 21, 2006 - 11:55 am

    Carrie, digging deepest can only occur when I’ve hit the absolute bottom of the barrel. I don’t think I’m there yet.

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