Clarice James

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Ego Deflate Gate


brush stuckWords not often used to describe me: Graceful and genius. Am I okay with it? I have to be. I’ve proved it o’er and o’er.

Years ago, while getting ready for a lunch date with some friends, I decided my style could use a boost. I planted myself in front of the bathroom mirror with my new electric styling brush, then grabbed a clump of hair.

At first, while trying to manipulate the brush, I blamed my awkwardness on being left-handed. But after I rolled my hair in the wrong direction, I realized my reflection was the problem—it was not cooperating with my brain.

In an effort to correct my error, I tried to unroll the brush. That was my second mistake. Or was it my third? In either case, now it was rolled so tight it was burning my scalp.  [Ah, some of you have done this, haven’t you?] After a Mississippi minute (on a mid-August day), I was smart enough to unplug it.

The styling tool of the century was stuck in my hair. Stuck good. I tried to untangle it for an hour—okay, maybe it just seemed like an hour—until the strength in my arms gave up.

Stalling for time I didn’t have, I stared at myself, pondering whether the curling brush was actually hanging on the left side of my head or the right. Did it really matter? Denial had set in.

I thought about letting it hang there as an accessory. No, too big. I thought about wearing a hat. Still too big. I thought about telling my friends the truth. Not a chance.

I reached for the scissors and cut.

My friends never said a word–even when I used one hand to eat and the other to hold my comb-over in place.

PS: Stayed tuned. I’ll tell you how I unintentionally pierced the inside of my ear with a paper clip.

“Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.” ~ 1 Peter 2:11-12 (MSG)

5 thoughts on “Ego Deflate Gate

  1. Great look and engaging content. I’m Double Header will be a hit, but please do not put me in your next book.


  2. Thank you, Clarice. One more idol crumbled. Seriously, I’ve learned as I get older not to take myself so seriously. My philosophy of life, in addition to complete dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ, is, “I get up every day and do what I do. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.” Also, never to try a new hairstyle on my way to something.
    I didn’t know you were into DIY and Home Decorating! I shall be visiting your blog more often.


    • Are you into home decorating, too? My daughter and daughter-in-law let me help them with their homes, and I’ve enjoyed decorating my own. Of course, being retired limits the budget.

      I recently checked into working for one of those helping seniors orgs, thinking I might be able to supplement my income and help someone in need. When the application included questions like “Can you work weekends?” “Would you mind 24-hour shifts?” “Would smoking bother you?” “Have you had any experience dealing with incontinence?” [Other than trying to stave off my own.] I wanted to ask, “Don’t any of your clients want to re-decorate their homes? Or, “Perhaps someone would like their memoir written?” I don’t know what I was thinking. I guess I wasn’t.


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