Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Lithuanian Woman of a Certain Age

What’s that saying…”you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy”?  Is that it?  Well, I’d like to add a new one.  You can take the peasant out of Lithuania, but you can’t take the peasant out of their modern American decedents.  Yeah, I know, it doesn’t have the same flow.

My great grandmother arrived by boat to this country from Lithuania, many many years ago.  Way before I was born.  She spoke limited English with a wonderful accent, and mostly what she said to me was, “pretty girl” and “such a pretty girl”.  I liked her a lot.

She had that look.  That wonderful sort of peasant look.  I loved that. 

But fast forward to now.  Now.  I just found a coarse-ish, gray-ish hair on my chin!  Please pay close attention to those ishes in the sentence above.  Only with those ishes could I type it.  Coarse-ish, gray-ish hair is way easier to type than coarse gray hair.  

Yep, I am on my way to becoming my great-grandmother. My peasant roots are coming out.  And apparently those roots are gray.  And they are on my chin.  The next time you see me, I’ll have on my kerchief and be stooped over with a bundle of sticks on my back.

31 comments:

Eve said...

ish? ... suuuure. ;) Thank god for tweezers, huh?

Amy said...

Okay, but remember, you had burly worker men looking you over a few weeks ago. So, you've still got it...facial hair and all.

Susan said...

Don't know how old you are (and am not going to rudely ask - it's irrelevant), but a lot of these so-called age-related changes are fr/ stress or genetics. Hormones derange under certain conditions. My best friend went shocking and totally gray at seventeen - à la Phil Donahue.

Beautiful painting. A family heirloom or something you snapped fr/ elsewhere?

Joan's Good Life said...

I must agree with Susan. I've got a gray (no "ish" about it) streak in my hair that's been there for ever! And my husband has been gray since about his early 20's (he blames that on me) lol. I think it's from all the stress of moving around all my life! Going to 20 different schools by the time you're a senior in high school can be VERY stressful! Hence the gray streak? !

Anyhow, tweezers.... a good thing! ;-)

Joy said...

You're funny.

Spuds said...

You're old.....

(Grinning!) You are so not old! You are merely catching your stride! The gray hair was just your body's way of saying... well, it was probably saying be on the lookout for more of my kind, but that's beside the point!

Great Post!

Katherine Aucoin said...

When I was about 40 I decided I wanted a lower maintenance lifestlye. So I cut my thick, shoulder length hair and went short and sassy. I loved it...5 minutes with the blower dryer (used to take 30), a quick little spritz and I was good to go.

A few weeks later, I noticed hairs with an "S" on my chin. I guess God felt it necessary for me to spend more time primping.

chapot said...

Gray hair can be so feminine and so sexy ! dont worry
The painting is wonderfull

Rachel Cotterill said...

There are worse roots to have... and at least you have tweezers! Must go to Lithuania (though not especially to study the styles of female facial hair...)

hip chick said...

O.K. the gray-ish chin hair isn't so great...but the peasant food is so delicious!! Think of what you'll be able to cook.

Steve & Sarah Travel the Long Way Round said...

I still remember the scream when my wife found her first gray hair. Fortunately mine seems determined to fall out before it goes gray :)

Antoinette said...

Maybe this is your calling back to your Lithuanian food roots!

buffalodick said...

Men lose hair, women get hair... welcome to the aging process.. That's why I've been growing a ponytail for over a year- I might not be able to one day!

merrilymarylee said...

Forget the kerchief. Either pluck it or bead it. :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Honey---you are NOT old. Wait til you get to be my father-in-law --who is 97. He is still sharp as a tack, but the poor old body is wearing out.

I never felt old (not really) until the past couple of years (I'm 67 1/2). Now--the aches and pains come more frequently ---and with this hurt foot, I really do feel OLD (for the first time).... Gads!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

chellebelle said...

I have a scar on my lower chin, and have had 3-4 determined chin hair there since my early twenties.. right on the scar.. those hairs are now changing from a noticable black to a more hidden grey.. I'm kinda thankful.. That first sight of hair on the face is shocking.. I know, but then I expect it because I am from peasant/pioneer stock too.

Paula said...

Okay, now that I'm no longer roaring with laughter I can finally type. Ah, sprouting chin, eh? At least you didn't say you found warts, too. Or hairy warts. Now THAT would certainly warrant you going out and gathering sticks. Ah, I needed a good laugh today. Thanks!

Paula said...

Oh man, I'm back and laughing again. I just saw merrilymarylee's comment about beading it. Ah, geez, I need a tissue now. :-)

Mimi said...

Tweezers! God's gift to women of a certain age.
Mimi

Chris said...

If it makes you feel better, my 21 y/o son has two gray hairs already in his head.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Tweezers and hair dye have been my friends forever! Just use them differently now....

A Year on the Grill said...

Oh I came to terms with my salt and pepper years ago... life is a river, you just reached a new bend to look around

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Way ahead of you sister.
Here, let me get you a kerchief. :)

Kim said...

Those pesky gray hairs have a mind of their own!

Joanne said...

Somehow I doubt you will ever be Lithuanian-peasant-like. Corase-ish gray-ish hair or not. And you know. Some guys, hopefully your husband, like that in a woman. :p

food with style said...

honey i am the first generation from england, i must be getting my beard from the queen! the best part is i am too blind to see them, the bad part is i can feel them hair 3" from my chin... i can even use scissors...

welcome to the wild boar/bore society

Kat said...

I enjoyed this entry. I remember my first chin hair. Now I can't see them without my reading glasses, and you reminded me to check. It's funny how people will stare at your chin, and won't tell you about the hair sticking out of it!!!

zurin said...

You are hilarious! ish ish....here we use that (ish ish) as an exclamation...like when someone does something silly or wrong we'll go ...ish ish..

i'd better start feeling my chin too inthat case..lol

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Be proud Pam!

Tweezers have become my new best friend. I've learned they're not just for slivers and eyebrows anymore. :P

I love your humor and honesty. xo

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Bwahaha! My grandma was from the countryside too and some of the words she uses in VNese are really old-fashioned. Once, I used one of those words and my mom said I sounded like grandma. It's a good thing!

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