Since we're talking about hair....
(2008 4th of July)
Since I've moved to Michigan I have noticed something a little odd. When people tell me how beautiful Delilah's hair is they refuse to call it red. They usually will ask something like does your husband have this same hair color and I will say no but we have red on both sides of our families.
"Oh it's not red, it's copper" .....or insert ginger, auburn, strawberry, or some other knock off name for red.
It's like they are being PC with my hair. Um... are you correcting me on what shade of color my hair is? I know my hair is starting to darken but I think it's still pretty red, especially in the summer.
I'm confused... Do some redheads find the term "redhead" offensive? I've never been ashamed of my hair color or the name "red" and I don't think my redheaded siblings have been either, but i'll have to ask them. In fact I've never met a red head who has corrected me when I say they have red hair. I've never been fond of the name "carrot top" but I mean... look at the man who wants to be put in the same category as him?
My hair color has always been a topic of conversation with strangers especially in those awkward situations like elevators, waiting rooms, or whenever elderly men are around people bring it up.Yet this is the first time I have ever been told by so many different people so many different names for the color of my hair.
I recently had a painful conversation with an older woman about how she had a grandchild with red hair because her blonde daughter married a dark haired man and that's how you make a red head.
People it was useless to try to explain to her how it is actually the most recessive hair color and how one parent either needs to have a strong red gene or both parents need the gene present to get a red head and even then most the time the red gene loses. I explained it simply to her and politely but then she asked me if my husband had dark hair. I said no he is blonde but has a red beard and his mother has red hair. Her response "oh, I wonder where your daughter gets it from then?"
ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! AM I WEARING A HAT??