Thanksgiving marks the season opener for the holidays. Time to rip off the aprons, put on the comfy shoes and get ready for the biggest hunt of the year – Christmas presents, Christmas decorations and a new hairdo.
He thinks it’s an obsession, but I said it’s an art, when my mate questioned my obsession of searching through the third store for the perfect Thanksgiving napkins. "What's the big deal," he said, "all we're going to do is wipe our face on them. I don't care what they look like."
I tried to explain it's all about the dinner table presentation as I really felt it wouldn't come together if I didn't have the right Thanksgiving napkins. The other issue was getting the dining room table cleared off, as it also serves as his office space. I asked him if he could have it cleared off by noon on Thanksgiving so I could set the table.
"You said dinner was at 6:00," he said.
"Are you putting on one plate per hour or what?" he asked and I couldn’t tell if he was joking or not.
The joke will be on him because the table will be decorated and set by 2:00. I tried to compare putting on a Thanksgiving dinner to a day of hunting. “You get up early, make sure you have all your supplies and then wait.”
While discussing the dining room table situation I decided to try and explain my frustration of trying to get into the hair stylist this week. Why can’t he understand a good hairdo coincides with the holidays?
Before I sat down in the salon chair, I made up my mind I wanted a drastic change. Men can be content with the same haircut for most of their lives – but women view their hair as a vital accessory, not only to their wardrobe, but for a good attitude during seasonal festivities.
It was a toss-up between changing the color altogether or a perm. I hadn't had a perm in years, since I had gone to a shorter hairstyle, so it seemed like a good time to go curly.
The first person I came into contact with was my youngest daughter, "the fashion queen" and there was nothing good about her reaction.
"What have you done to your hair?"
"I got a perm, what do you think?"
When will I learn not to ask her what she thinks?
"It's awful," she said "you look like a poodle."
My oldest daughter reconfirmed when she said "maybe you could put a bow in it."
His reaction should be a good one, I thought when he walked in.
"That's different," he said.
"Different, what do you mean by that?"
"I mean – it's fine."
"Fine, that's it.. just fine? Don't you like it?"
"Yes I like it, but I liked it straight too."
"So you like my hair straight better than curly?"
You know your guy is in the "can't win for losing" mode when he gets the "deer in the headlight" look and then quickly changes the subject.
He smiled, realizing he needed to re-direct my focus as he pulled holly and mistletoe Christmas napkins out of a shopping bag.
"Those are nice," I said "but I was going with a snowman theme this year."
And that, my friends, is why men watch so much football during the holiday season.
-- Sandy Turner lives in Independence. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org