Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Same Old, Same Old

Except same old, same old doesn’t mean boring or annoying to me. I like patterns. I like routine. I like the same old, same old. One of the things that I wished had stayed same old, same old was the old Martha Stewart show when she came on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 on PBS. I liked her home, gardens, and chicken coop better than her tv studio where she cooks with $100 a pound truffles.

Saturday I asked Grace to French braid my hair so it would stay out of my eyes. She did.

Cali said I looked cute in them.

Grace cocked her head to the side several times during the day and said, “You just look so cute in them.”

When Ray saw me he said, “You look twenty years younger!”

When Calvin saw me he said, “Whoooooaaaa!” then commented several times how much he liked them and that he thought I should wear them more often.

That night as I was getting ready to go to bed Grace said, “Mom, I think your braids are really cute. (Pause.) Around the house cute. I don’t think they’re seminary cute though.”

The next morning I laughed at Grace’s comment. I wasn’t sure she’d said it or if I’d dreamed it. I said, “Grace did you tell me last night that my braids aren’t seminary cute?”

“Yessssss.”

I started to laugh and said, “Did you think I might be tempted to wear them in public?”

She said, “Well……everyone kept telling you how cute they were so I was afraid you might think you could leave home in them.”

Oh ho. It makes me laugh just typing it out.

I said, “Oh Grace, I understand that these are things you only wear at home. Kind of like the black headband.”

I’ve worn a black headband a few times the last few weeks when jogging or working to keep my hair out of my face. When I first saw myself in the mirror I thought, “Whoa, this is u.g.l.y.” Calvin winces when he sees it, Cali says “Please mom, take it out,” and Grace laughs because it really is so hideous.

Grace cut my hair yesterday. I'm back to the same old, same old.  I can no longer wear braids

. . . but I can still wear the headband.

12 comments:

Carolyn said...

I really want to meet Grace! She sounds so fun.

Jill said...

Oh Jane, I need photos!

I miss the old Martha Stewart show too! It was a favorite of mine for so long. I don't think she has a warm enough personality for a studio audience, so it never feels like a good fit.

Susan said...

I love routines. They just make the world a better place.

lelly said...

i am definitely a "same old, same old" girl!

where are the photos?!?

Derek-Jenny-Kaitlynd-Ethan-Dylan said...

Isn't Grace just so wonderful! What a good daughter-in-law...she won't let you make a fool of yourself!

P.S. I love braids...I wish I could be ten again and wear them all day!

Heather @ Multiple Hats said...

I am laughing out loud at work! Grace, you are priceless :)

Lucy said...

I've been noticing your longer hair in photos and the style was very youthful. I bet the braids were adorable.

Your same old, same old is fabulous enough to last a lifetime.

Ande Payne said...

But you won't wear the headband...right? :)

Marie said...

You do realize that this post was VERY lacking in pictures! How can you tell us that story without a visual aid? Such a teaser.

Deanna/Mimi said...

You can tell a story so beautifully. I am there...just like I am witnessing it all myself. Great story. I am with you on the routine..same old way...it was put in place to begin with because it did offer a comfort zone in our lives.

Becky said...

Still laughing!

Routine is such a wonderful blessing...

michelle said...

I love this post! Love the relationship you and Grace have with each other.

I love my same old, same old!