Bad Hair Day

The pale teenager maneuvers her wheelchair through the Kaiser pharmacy. She wears an oversized pimiento-red stocking cap with BAD HAIR DAY emblazoned in orchid block letters across the front.

I smile. “I’m going to have your hairdo soon.”
She looks up but neither smiles nor replies. I’m sure that bad hair is the least of her worries.

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Diva Fashion Advice —
When you’re having a particularly bad hair day (i.e. spreading bald patches) wear big earrings. Maybe people will notice your earrings first. Or not.


Fashion details:
The blouse is 1980s vintage from Chez Mom. Mom and I were the same size, and whenever I visited her in NY, I’d come home with a suitcase crammed full of clothing, much of it still with tags on. This blouse originally had shoulder pads but I pulled them out.
One-of-a-kind hand-painted earrings:

Author: MeredithLaskow

Artist, writer, and unrepentant nerd girl.

23 thoughts on “Bad Hair Day”

  1. I always pull out the shoulder pads too. You look marvellous, Meredith!!! I didn’t notice your earrings or hair first, I noticed your beautiful smile. Your beauty shines through. And we’ve mentioned this before, bright colours look so good on you!

      1. LOL, me too…I did clean them out once, had about 20 pairs. I put them in our charity bag, I’m sure there are ways to recycle them. I wonder if you could use them to stuff a throw pillow.

          1. You could auction it off to raise money for your favourite charity? You could start an annual Ugly Necklace Fundraising Event.

    1. Thanks Sharon! Although back in the day, i would’ve died before taking a picture without the requisite 30 minutes worth of eyeliner, shadow and blush.

  2. shoulder pads…a blast from the past…looking good Meredith…good bone structure and goodness within x

  3. Meredith, you wonderful strong woman, you! Yes you can wear colors, but like Sharon said you wear a beautiful smile too.
    I googled what to do with used shoulder pads. The funniest suggestion was: use as crotch enhancers (for men).
    Quilting squares is a pretty good idea, but I don’t sew either. And natural packing for shipping items… thought about your jewelry for that. 🙂

    1. ROTFLMAO at the crotch enhancers 😀
      Yes! I can use a bigger box and put in all my the shoulder pads as packing material, and then they become someone else’s problem lol.

  4. So somebody else has de-shoulder-padded their clothes. It’s amazing how that tends to bring you up to date. We aren’t football players.

    The earrings are a great idea. And don’t worry about the hair; the smile is the part I think we all see first, and yours is a good one. Do your best to put it on first thing in the morning. I have the most trouble with anything prior to 10 a.m.

    1. Mary, I crawl out of bed around 9:30 even on the best of days. I refuse to make any important decisions, or even do Sudoku, until I’ve had my morning caffeine.

  5. Wow Meredith! You look pretty good! Love your mom’s blouse, the earrings, and yes, even your daring “haircut”…somehow you carry it with panache [sp?]…and such a genuine smile. Good for you! Hang in there. Always. Love and miss you.

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