Tuesday, August 28, 2007

In the year 2100...

according to a National Geographic article I read in this month's issue, red heads will be almost non-existent. From the article - "..this year news reports buzzed that true red heads will be extinct by the year 2100...but while red heads may decline, the potential for red isn't going away." I like the word potential. I've always had lots of potential and now I can feel good about my DNA having it too.

At present, there are only 2% of us in the world. Apparently, not enough of us stick together and make babies. My first boyfriend was a red head - John Tayer, 7th grader. Nice guy. I wonder if he married a redhead. I got mine from my grandfather. No one else in my family had it. According to the article, redheads are more likely to feel hot and cold pain. Yes! Not only am I a dying breed but I have National Geographic (an important authority around here) justification for my extreme sensitivity to summer heat and winter chill.

I do like the red heads I know (or want to know) a lot - Diana Jenner, Julie Persons, Kimba, Eric Stoltz, the Pepperman twins (doesn't that make for a cool name), Judy Davis (in My Beautiful Career), Ron Weasley...

In honor of my new status as rare breed, I went to the Aveda store today and bought good shampoo and conditioner. Treating myself to that and a new bra (finally!) and having a few hours away from my guys has tamed my fiery nature (yes, I do have my stereotypical red temper moments) and I am so happy to be with my motley-haired crew again; Nicolas has dark brown, Gillen is blonde, Jesse has light brown... Go figure.

5 comments:

Sara said...

I gave my students an article last fall about blue eyes becoming less common, as there is more interracial/interethnic marriage. Red hair is kind of the same phenomenon. Makes you appreciate what you have when it's rare!

Tamar Orvell said...

Good shampoo and conditioner and a bra — my ideas of total treats. When you have to fork over sixty dollars for a bra, you can be sure the purchase is a cause for celebration, feeling rich and pampered, and having a clear sense of grace: sheer undeserved privilege, blessing, grace.

Madeline said...

I tried on every bra at VS and got one for $25!! The least expensive one fit the best. That was a first. That was indeed both blessing and grace.

Jessica said...

I can't wait to read the article. I am an unschooling mama to a true red head who feels hot and cold, wrinkled and smooth, life and death, and everything in between more deeply. He loves being a red-head.

Kimba said...

I'm sorry Madeline, I've left the red...now my hair color is Atomic Pink.

Of course, this is not a genetic thing ;)