Silver is Just a Pretty Word For Gray.

This is a photo of my first gray hair, taken in 1990. (It’s in my bangs, front and center.)  I was 34. I was untroubled by a gray hair. I actually thought it was kind of neat.

This is a photo of me in 2005 with the late, great, Winston . My gray roots are just starting to peep out of the hair dye that I decided to stop using. Yes, I am 49 years old. Notice how Winston totally rocks the gray fur. I hoped that I would look half as awesome in my true color!

This (below) is a photo taken of me in my backyard earlier this month, with Lickety, one of my feral cats. He showed up in the backyard in the Summer of 2008 and as you can see, he is completely fierce and wild. Savage. Like a miniature tiger. We are all very afraid of him and his ferociousness.

I took a look at this photo and I got a mild case of Capgras syndrome. That’s what happens when people become convinced that someone close to them has been replaced with an identical-looking imposter. I saw a Vivian-looking person in the photo but what was with all that gray hair?

I’m not vain, really I’m not. But this is why my Author Photos are all in black and white.

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  1. Rachel August 30, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    I understand about hair and haircuts and bad hair days and not trusting the hairdresser, but Vivian, that really is a very nice haircut. Frankly, I am not fond of what I am going to call parentheses hair, those two parts hanging down in front of the shoulders. And while I agree that the new shirt, fabuloso, would be perfect for the author photo…you just might want to consider using the shot with the fierce Lickety, because it just makes my heart sing.

  2. carol August 30, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    The haircut is awesome!
    You are making the same mistake as so many that go in with the picture and expect to walk out looking just like the photo.
    Mona’s hair is very smooth. If you are willing to put the kind of time into your hair that her stylist for the photo op did for her, you have them same cut.
    Gray hair has s very course texture in general and you will have to use a straightening or smoothing iron each and every time to get the style along with the proper gels and or cremes.
    Chin up, you look great!

  3. emily m August 31, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    The hair cut is fab. Be glad you have thicker hair than MS so it wont look same. It is, I think, a perfect cut and great length. LOVE that shirt. Ah to have the artist’s eye….

  4. Deb A August 31, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    A definite case of the hair is always fab on the other side of the fence. My hair would do the picture thing because it’s so darn fine. I would love to have your hair. It looks great! But I know you won’t believe me because that’s just the way it is.

    Lickety looks just like a content baby in your arms. I brought my cat over the ocean to find there is an over population of fisher cats this year. She’s clever and ferocious when she needs to be but I read those things can even climb trees.

  5. ellen etzler September 1, 2010 @ 12:44 am

    love the haircut. You are very beautiful

  6. Margaret September 1, 2010 @ 4:40 am

    I am so happy to see a photo of you! You look wonderful – and the haircut is great.

  7. Deborah September 3, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

    My condolences on your cutter’s remorse, even though your new ‘do is fine. I know the feeling (story of my life).

    I’m with Rachel on using the photo of you & Lickety for the book jacket. It shows off your hair beautifully, but more than that, it shows tenderness and joy. Can’t have too much of that in the world!

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