H is for Hair

My hair was always thick and curly—curlier than my mom’s and sisters’ and tangled easily. Consequently, hair brushing was a cruel task I had to endure each morning. Untangling four little girls’ heads in the morning was a cruel task for my mother as well. Her solution was the  pixie haircut, made popular by Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and Mary Martin as Peter Pan. Every few months, Mom trooped us into Frank’s Barber Shop on the corner and the threatening curls and waves were cut off. My sisters had hair that would lay straight, so their bangs and edges were even but mine popped in various directions depending upon the humidity and wind direction. Everyone said my curly hair was a blessing, but my grandmother, whose curls I inherited, always shook her tangled head of hair and mouthed to me “not really”.

My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling. 

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Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.
The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

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    1. Funny! I never learned how to blow dry right. A few of my cousins have our grandma’s hair and they spend way too much time and energy trying to get that straight look. Why are we never happy with what we got?

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  1. My hair seemed to have begun curly and even shirley temple ringlets… but the longer it grew… the straighter it became. I’ve never been one to fool with hair, hated rollers as more than not, they fell out. I have so many hair stories… even gave my husband a perm for an afro a few times. LOL The blind leading the blind on that one… if only we took pictures of him in rollers, but Im sure he doesn’t agree. LOL

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