behind started plaiting my hair.
he said. Just given up smoking... hands fidgety... hang on.
sat there waiting for the lecture to start, feeling the gentle tug as
he pulled one section of hair over the other. My knees said, Marry
him. Don't turn round, just decide.
married six months later. His face was as delicate as his hands were
dextrous, his temper cool and his love eccentric. He washed my hair,
made me pies with pastry messages on top, grew prize-winning roses,
and said that the washing up was his meditation.
I cut my hair, he said that it was fine, that he could tickle my
scalp now, but his hands were disappointed, and soon I smelled
at work, he said.
talked to a wise friend, who said, Grow it back. My knees said, He
should love you any way. I saw him in a cafe with a woman I didn't
know. His fingers were playing with her curls. I threw up in a
rubbish bin and went home. I found a pack of his cigarettes and
started one a day, even though my knees weren't pleased.
love you, he said in bed, when my hair had reached my shoulders
know, I said, and fought my knees' insistence that I go into the
garden and dig up his rose bushes.
© Tania Hershman 2012