Elsa sent me her photo today showing her new hairdo: From long and straightened to short and naturally curly. She looks beautiful.
A few months ago I met with a group of friends to discuss "The Feminine Mystique." The book was being celebrated on the fiftieth anniversary of its publication. The oldsters talked about how the book changed our way of thinking and inspired us to do different things with our lives: maybe grad school, a job, politics.
It was a new hairdo that did it for me. I remember vividly getting a different cut and style. I came home from the beauty parlour and looked intently into the mirror. I saw a new woman from the one who had left the house a few hours before. That woman said: "It's fear that's keeping you from making the changes you need to make. Let's get started now."
My new hairdo was also short, kind of tossed on top. It was called "the artichoke."