Connie has returned with a comment concerning my post on reaching a new level of comfort in my feminine skin when I went out yesterday to pick up a prescription for Liz. As I mentioned we are right in the middle of a hot and humid heat wave here in Ohio. Here’s Connie:
“For some reason, the chorus to this old Jerry Reed song comes to mind:
When you’re hot, you’re hot …………………
When you’re not, you’re not
Of course, the song is not about the temperature, and refers to gambling rather than feminine presentation. At the same time, though, I can remember sweating out some attempts at feminine presentation, and doing so can also be a gamble – that is, it’s a gamble if I think of it as a win or lose proposition.
I haven’t been working for the past couple months, but my wife has returned to work two days a week. Her usual form of transportation was the bus, but we don’t trust those rolling petrie dishes these days. So, I have been driving her to and from work. When I do, I’m often reminded of my childhood, when we had only one car, and my mom would drive my dad to work in the morning when she needed the car during the day. She still had the curlers in her hair, so she covered it with a scarf. Her nightgown was covered by a car coat, and the only makeup she wore was lipstick. Sometimes, she would put on sunglasses.
I do much the same, now, except that I have no hair for curlers and cover my head with a wig instead of a scarf. I’m probably just as vain as my mother was, but some things are not worth all the time and trouble of getting all prettied-up to do. As a child in the back seat, I somehow related to, and admired, my mother more so than I did my father for going to work.
It’s funny that I don’t really have recollections of the afternoons, when we went back to pick my dad up. I know that my mother was fully dressed and made up, as am I when I pick my wife up now. Maybe, when one is sure of herself, the song should go:
When you’re hot, you’re hot,
When you’re not…….you’re STILL HOT!”
Yup! Still hot!