The Grays, they are a-creepin''
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
My brother is a couple of years younger than I am. A few weeks ago, we were at an event, and I was standing behind him, and noticed that he had a patch of hair at the back of his head that was going gray-ish. It wasn't full on all gray, just kinda overcast, and I was thinking he had a stressful engineering job, and a 7 year old son, it's no wonder he's got a few grays going, while I don't really have that issue.
Not sure if I entirely jinxed myself, but standing in front of the mirror while brushing my teeth this morning, I noticed a handful (or maybe just 3 or 4) new gray hairs among my raven locks. Now that's not entirely a new thing, to be fair. After all, I've had salt among my whiskers for ten or more years, really becoming prominent in the past 2 or 3. It's why I don't usually keep a beard going for long, I can't handle the discoloration. And then there was the time where a few grays crept into the hairs atop my head when I was still in my 20s. But I was in grad school at the time, and besides, my girlfriend at the time had a grandpa that was 6'5” and pushing 300 pounds. Who wouldn't have a few hairs curl up and wither under those circumstances. Also had an inexplicable incident where I developed three small bald spots on the back of my head. But those grays, as well as those bald spots passed, and I haven't had a recurrence of either, beyond the stray singular offwhite strand in the 15 years since. (Again, that's not entirely entirely true, but nose hairs don't count, do they??)
So it was a little annoying to see three new grays pop up all at once, as if punishing me for noticing the silvering patch at the back of my brother's noggin. I was tempted to, but didn't pluck them, perhaps out of curiosity over whether they are noticeable to anyone else, perhaps out of knowing, from plucking grays from my dad's head when he was not much older than I am now, what an inevitability it is, and how soon that turn can happen.
Pretty much a case of rolling with it, and hoping there isn't an overnight shocker where I go to bed as Jude Law's Dumbledore, and wake up all Michael Gambon, or Richard Harris, if you'd rather.