Daily Prompt: My First Bald Excursion

Did I ever tell you about the very first time I went shopping bald?  I lost my hair about 3 weeks into my cancer treatments.  I could never imagine going out in public bald.  I bought all kinds of head coverings so I could pretend to the world that nothing unusual was going on with me.  Even driving my car for the first time with a cap on made me feel naked to the world — it was as though I was wearing a sign around my neck screaming “I HAVE CANCER!”.  Cancer could no longer be my private hell.  I was forced to publicize this very personal experience.

About a month after I lost my hair, I walked into a grocery store to do some shopping.  I didn’t want to do it, oh I didn’t want to do it so badly.  But I knew that I must force myself out of the house and into the world.

All activity in the store suddenly froze as I entered.  Even children stopped their playing to stare.  I pretended not to notice, but shame rose to my face.  I felt as though all eyes were turned on me.

I quickly grabbed some things and took them to the cashier.

As if I hadn’t had enough humiliation already, even the cashier was staring at me.  By this time my shame was replaced with anger.  I was so angry that I glared past him.  I wouldn’t even give him the pleasure of making eye contact with me.  I’d be stoic.  He kept staring.

Finally, after a few moments of silence, he said something incomprehensible and I turned to him, lips pursed, my face red.  It was only then that I realized that he was deaf and trying to read my lips.  I went home and laughed at myself.  You can never judge people by their surface.  We all have our stories.  That’s when I stopped being ashamed of being bald.

Tell us a story — fiction or non-fiction — with a twist we can’t see coming.
What a Twist!

Daily Prompt: My First Bald Excursion

9 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: My First Bald Excursion

  1. A cancer patient once told me that a woman in a grocery store, scolded her for going out in public with a bald head. The woman told her she was “scaring the children.” Pam was also a large woman. Pam responded by saying in a low tone, “Boo. Boo.” acting like a ghost… we laughed and laughed.


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