Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My First Bud!!!

My locks have changed a lot in the last 3 - 4 weeks. I don't even know when it happened. And how it happened without me noticing. Because believe me, my hands are in them all day long and I spend at least 10 minutes of every day in the mirror examining them from different angles.

It is very much like watching children or plants grow. You just look at them one day and see something you never saw before.

I was fingering my ends the way I always do in idle moments, when I found my very first bud!!

I love the way my ends are. I never had problems with unraveling or slippage and they have been curly since Day 1. My hair on top is a looser, curlier pattern, so the curls have been loopier ringlets, but the crown and back have always been neat coils. (Imagine teeny-tiny telephone cords.) I never had straggly (scraggly (sp?)) ends. Just ringlets and coils of varying density and tightness.

In the last few weeks many of my smaller curls at the ends of my thinner locks have begun to flatten and form little tangles and balls and knots and I have had to resist the urge to pick them loose with my fingernails and retwist them so the cute little curlies come back. It has been so hard for me! But it's never gonna lock if I do, so...I left them alone.

Anyway...I found this bud today! I felt a lock that didn't terminate in a coil or a curl or a ball or a knot or a tangle.... And I knew it must be a bud! I was so excited! (You remember that I am very easily excited.) I looked at it in the rear view mirror. (Yes, I was driving at the time.) And, yes, this visual check conformed that it was indeed a bud. But now that I am back home with my camera, I can't find it. I will post a pic as soon as I do.

10 comments:

Aya said...

Sounds like things are progressing as they should. I hear you on not bothering the locking process. It is better to let them do their thing. Keep enjoying your journey.

Goodnapps said...

That first bud is very exciting. Congrats!

Carmen In NC said...

Yeah for buds. I think my hair is in the frizzy/fuzzy stage, but my hair is always been like that. HA. I like how it feels. I must confess, I pick my ends apart when they get tangled- strand by strand. The larger locks are swelling and might be trying to bud. I don't bother those because they don't have loose ends.

dstdiva said...

Congrats...i enjoy following your blog!

brunsli said...

Hi there Blackrussian,

I just came across your blog. I can't wait to read it from bottom to top -- but alas, I have to at least wait to read it because of the bar.

In my break from learning community property, I enjoyed reading your post on mixed children's hair. Thanks for the shout-out too!

Your hair looks really good. :)

Maryee said...

Congrats on your bud and welcome to the exchange! I know everyone in the community is treating you well!

Blessings...

n'Drea said...

Your first bud. You make it sound like your first baby :) But, I can understand your excitement. The changes are all wonderful. Keep enjoying, and whoa, you've been REALLY expressing. Sista, yu need fi write one book.

cheleskilove said...

hi i noticed you're from SC! I went to Mauldin High School a suburb of Greenville(hahaha) and Clemson for grad school. Left in 93' for good-but still return for events and such. My bfriend just went back to Calhoon Falls last weekend and said things are still changing there. what parts are you?

blackrussian said...

Cheleskilove -

I saw you stopped by my blog today. I live in G'ville, not more than 15 minutes away from Mauldin High. I don't know if you read that part of my blog, but I was teaching on the Clemson campus just a few weeks ago!

Small world. Interestingly enough, your blog is one of my faves and one of the first I found and added to my blogroll. Let me know the next time you're gonna be in town, maybe we can meet for lunch or something.

WomanInProcess said...

How exciting. I'm glad you're seeing progress and leaving those buds alone. I read on another site that if you pull them of the ends it keeps your ends from sealing.