By: Mary Annslee Urban
Not so long ago, I spied a wiry silver sprig of hair, an interloper among my chestnut tresses. After catching my breath, I plucked the little invader out. Meticulously, I ran my fingers through my mane searching for more. A glance in the mirror caught my twenty-one year old daughter standing in the doorway. “Are you looking for lice?” She asked.
Lice. I wish. “Gray hair.” I showed her my findings. She held the single strand to the light and examined it closely. “It looks highlighted,” she said.
True my hair had highlights. But this was vastly different. “The whole strand is silver.” I pointed out. “And, I’ve found a few more.”
My daughter shrugged. “No big deal Mom. Even if it is gray, embrace the change.”
Embrace the change? What? Like upgrading your flip-phone to an Iphone? Better technology I can embrace―but gray hair?
For several days, I dreaded to look in the mirror for fear of finding more daring sprouts. Hundreds maybe, just waiting to be discovered? Or worse, crops of silver bursting through the follicles of the pigmentless hairs I had extracted?
After a little time, I reeled in my meandering thoughts and realized I was being ridiculous.
I was in fact, getting older. Change was inevitable, I reminded myself. After all, with five kids, hadn’t I lived in a perpetual world of change? From carting them to had to participate in activities, to all night sleepovers and caring for their countless critters. Not to mention, tackling the teen years: student driver’s licenses, first dates, breaking curfew, even scouring cruise ships to make sure they stayed out of trouble. And who could forget the foreign missions trips, choir tours and a study abroad and then trying to sleep at night as the movie “Taken” replayed in my head. And of course, tears of joy at high school and college graduations, weddings, and now keeping up with grandbabies…
Another glance in the mirror and each shimmering strand took on a new meaning. Silver threads of wisdom and grace. Years of motherly love and stress had catapulted me closer to my geriatric era. Years I wouldn’t trade for anything. Years that kept my prayer life soaring and heart grateful.
Yes, my life has been full of changes. Some easier to embrace than others. But, as far as embracing the gray in my hair, I’m not quite there yet.
Mary Annslee Urban is an author of Inspirational Romance. Her goal is to write stories that stir the heart about love, honor and God's grace! Her debut book, Tapestry of Trust, White Rose Publishing, was released June 2012. Her second book, She Came to See the Snow~A Colorado Christmas Romance, will be released Fall of 2012.
Mary has also been a freelance writer for several local newspapers and has had articles published in magazines as well as online publications. She has served as co-president of Carolina’s Christian Writers and is a member of ACFW. A North Carolina resident, Mary and her husband have five children and 3 grandchildren. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys Bible Studies, cooking, traveling, long walks and all things chocolate!