Monday, November 24, 2008

Mi Pelo II

I am fascinated with my hair and on occasion find others are, too. After all, no other group of people on the planet has hair like this; it is unique to those of African descent. I often find myself playing in it, enjoying the texture, the softness, the uniqueness. Sometimes it feels like cashmere. At times, I allow friends and family to take liberties with touching it, but there's a limit. (A sistah's tender head can only take so much.) I've even been known to allow complete strangers to touch it...if they ask nicely. One time a guy in Yelapa, Mexico asked if it could touch it and smiled & whispered, "Suave." (pronounced "swa - veigh" and means soft.)

Imagine my surprise, however, when the other day an older lady on the bus in Zihuatanejo began molesting my twists as if they were her long lost lover. She didn't touch them gingerly or lightly. Oh no! Miss Señora slid her fingers all up and through to my scalp. "¿Es naturel?" she asked as if she finally remembered the hair belonged to someone. "Si," I politely responded with a pasted-on smile. She got her feel on a few moments more and I breathed a sigh of relief. Lo & behold, she couldn't help herself and began the molestation all over again. "¡Bonita!" she turned and said to her friends. "¡Bonita!" she said to me. "Gracias," I graciously responded.

I really didn't know what else to do. I couldn't swat someone's grandma away. I was pleased that she appreciated hair that isn't always embraced. How often would she see it sitting on a bus in tiny Zihua? Still, the nerve! She finally got her fill & stopped for good. I went back to taking pictures and enjoying the sites along the way, but tensed with the thought that she may begin assaulting my tresses once more.

Previous post about my hair: Mi Pelo (My Hair)



Blogger TheRealestOne said...

Bonita Pelo!

LOL... @ your hair being her long lost lover.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Amina said...

lol at the long lost lover!
beautiful post!
That's why i can't lock...i loove touching my hair so much

3:08 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Bookworm said...

Lol, she was really enjoying herself. I have a friend with locs who gets so enraged when people touch her hair; she views it as disrespect.

For me, if someone is truly fascinated and admiring it I will let them touch it briefly if they ask. You are right, we have the most unique hair in the world, so to see it embraced in everyday life by other people is awesome.

9:07 AM  
Blogger The Creative Lady said...

I love the story but the experience would have driven me crazy! I cannot stand for people,i.e. strangers with potentially nasty hands, to touch my hair! You held up well. You will be blessed for not chewing out Senorita Mamacita! LOL

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

girl, too funny! pure hair molestation! but yes, our hair is beautiful and it's wonderful when onlookers can recognize.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

LOL oh no hun, she was having an affair with your twists! Well at least you know they are admired worldwide!

But I have the same hand-in-fro problem too. I'm too indecisive to lock at the moment.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

wow how do u get to travel so much? I am a teacher also, public education--guess i could just schedule it hunh.

9:52 PM  
Blogger The Black Planeteer said...

Being a teacher is PERFECT for traveling. I would go somewhere every vacation. :)

7:20 AM  
Blogger Frenchie said...

sigh, I hate the hair touching. It's always hard to find an appropriately firm but polit reaction to it. Mine is relaxed but Europeans et al like to run their fingers through the roots smh lol

10:42 PM  
Blogger franchesca townsend said...

Thank You for not swatting Grandma, lol. Yes its annoying, but how humble of you to make that exception.

1:49 AM  

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