That zany gene pool has a
not so funny way of merging features and talents when it creates babies. Of all the possible combinations from the Bruce Scott Hanna + Anna Mae Savage gene pool, Sherryl and Nadine definitely got great hair. There is a difference between the two: Sherryl has lots of waves; Nadine has no waves at all.
We all hit the jackpot when it came to cowlicks, much like the one our old friend Alfalfa had (pictured at right). We each have at least one. With the help of products ranging from Dippity-do to mousse to
schlack hairspray, we’ve successfully managed to tame our manes. But we digress; the topic is “poofy hair.”
For those of you who have known The Sisters Three since the 1980s, Arleen and Nadine were all about poofy hair back then – the bigger the better. While we would each spend a significant amount of time nearly every morning styling our hair, Sherryl would shampoo her locks, drag a comb through it, and never think about it again for the rest of the day.
Today, Nadine sports a contemporary “do" that is stylish and smart. Arleen hasn’t completely given up big hair (or shoulder pads for that matter; deduce more gene pool results here), and still needs to accommodate her hair styling standards with a block of time each morning and a specific amount of square footage in her luggage whenever she travels.
So, here we are post-chemo and Sherryl’s hair is growing back. Hurray! But there's a down side, which surfaces the irony in this story. At the crown of her head is a healthy little tuft that is causing her hair to be “poofy" in the back. And it's driving her crazy. She spends both products and time trying to get the sprig to stay flat, and, for the first time in her life, she’s thinking about her hair during the day. In time, longer hair will camouflage the sprig and all the world will be good again. Patience.
Next topic: buffalo cake. Before anyone starts to think this is a variation of cow paddies, here's the explanation. When a Day Care child is about to turn 3 years old, RaRa always asks the child what kind of cake they want at their Day Care birthday party. Responses in 20+ years have included a racetrack, an elephant, Barbie, a jelly bean machine, a dump truck, a fire truck, Buzz Lightyear, a dinosaur, and on and on.
Kyle is turning 3 next week, so Sherryl asked him a couple of weeks ago what kind of cake he wants for his birthday party. His answer: a buffalo. A buffalo? This is a first. And since the moment Kyle answered her question, RaRa has been scouring her imagination, store shelves, and online images to find the perfect shape that will render flour, sugar, eggs, and water into this child's request.
Sherryl has an appointment with Nancy on Friday. She's scheduled to hear the latest tumor marker and we are optimistic the news will be good. Until then, as she searches for the perfect buffalo shape for Kyle's birthday cake, she's also making sure her poofy hair is flat.