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Carol Perkins: The Wig and QVC
'When there is nothing else to do, turn on one of the home shopping networks. That is what I do on nights when I can't sleep or want to clear my mind.'
Next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: A small job grows into a month of work
By Carol Perkins
Often after someone passes away, the family will discover boxes and boxes of QVC or HSN items hidden in closets, unopened or opened but never used. "Why did Grandma order these side reflector mirrors for a car? She hasn't driven in years!"
When there is nothing else to do, turn on one of the home shopping networks. That is what I do on nights when I can't sleep or want to clear my mind.
I don't buy very often, but sometimes I can't resist. There was a night not long ago when I should have. I didn't know what the ladies were advertising, but what I did notice was their hair. "What cute styles," I thought. Then one of the women took her hair off and shook it. To my surprise, they were both wearing wigs! As I continued to watch, they discussed the various colors; most of them were highlighted the way I like to wear my hair. "How real those look!" I thought as I sat up on the edge of my chair to get a closer look. Soon I had decided on "my" color.
This style was longer than my normal hair, but Guy likes longer hair. (Most men like Loretta Lynn hair don't they?) The more I watched, the more convinced I was that I needed this wig. I was partly influenced by how natural my friend Judy's wig looked on her, and partly influenced by the desire to shake it out, slap it on, and go. Back in the 70's, most of us women owned wigs perched on Styrofoam heads at the end of our dressers. "Wigs have come a long way," I told myself as I eased toward the computer to place my order.
While I waited for my QVC box, our granddaughter Eme came to visit. She would get such a kick out of this wig, so I couldn't wait for it to come. When it arrived, I sneaked into the bathroom, opened the box and shook out the wig as instructed. "Hum, this hair is longer than I thought. There's a lot of hair here."
I slapped it on and ran my fingers through it as was shown on QVC. It was a pretty wig, but not on me. I even laughed out loud when I looked at myself. I was all hair! It flowed beyond my shoulders, making me look "neckless" and putting new meaning into "big hair." When I was sufficiently convinced I had done all I could to the wig, I made a grand entrance. "What in the world!" a stunned Guy said. "You look like a witch!" Eme broke out laughing. At first she thought it was my real hair, and I had puffed it up. Guy continued, "What is that?"
"My new wig," I said. "Don't you like it?"
"Are you planning to wear it in public?" he continued.
"You always wanted me to let my hair grow!"
"Just don't wear it when I'm around. That's scary!"
Eme couldn't wait to try it on.
The wig went back to QVC, and I ordered the shorter version. As the ladies advertised, "Sometimes a wig can make you feel like a new person." A streetwalker was not the feeling I was after nor the "new" person I was looking to be.
(My new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossoms Florist and Boutique Unique, 507 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141, Phone 270-629-3597; the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce, 109 E Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY, Phone 270-432-3222; and the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1500 Sulphur Well/Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129. Phone 270-629-3597. And Also on Amazon.com) Carol Perkins, PO Box 134, Edmonton, KY 42129. Phone 670-432-5756
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