Sunday, January 31, 2010

movie star hair

Originally uploaded by NiklasPlutte

Movie Star Hair

Picture! Picture! Can I take picture? The little girl asks me with round, chestnut eyes.
Picture? Sure, of what? I reply, bending down to the girl, who comes up only to around my belly button.
Of you! She exclaims excitedly.
Yes! You! Picture! Please?
Ok, I say wonderingly.
The little girl runs to her mother who is wearing a green punjabi suit, and tugs at her elbow, points at me, and hands her the camera. She runs back to me, towing her mother behind her. She smiles at me apologetically, and I smile back, no problem.
The little girl takes my hand in her tiny one and smiles big at the camera. I look at her and her toothy smile (the second grade, I just lost half my teeth kind) and can’t help but smile in return. The camera clicks, winds, clicks again, and we’re done.
The little girl bounds to her mother who hands her back the camera. Her mother tells her something, and the little girl scampers back over to me.
Thank you! She says, beaming.
You’re very welcome, I say. But why do you want my picture?
You have movie star hair!
I can’t help but laugh at that, and she laughs too. I’m not a movie star, I say to her.
But you have movie star hair, she says again.
Come back, calls her mother.
She smiles endearingly again, and skips back to the picnic blanket where the rest of her family sits.
When we leave the Mother India Temple, and pass their family again, the little girl waves at me, with the most radiant smile in the world. 

~molly (:


Don said...

Blond hair in a black haired country is note worthy. Back in the early 80's when my 1st daughter was an infant, we were part of a church group that took toys and food down to the colonias (poor government sponsored neighborhoods) outside Tijuana, Mexico. Many of the local women, about 60 to 80 of them, lined up to hold a blond baby for a minute. That "baby" just turns 30 in a few days. She had/has movie star hair. Celebrity status sometimes comes easy. I'm glad you used your's to make a little girl smile. I used my daughter's to bring grins to grown women... who just wanted to hold... a little blond baby.

Thanks for sharing an India story.

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Sacha van Straten said...

Are you in India, Molly?

It's such an eye opener, isn't it?

Enjoy the ride!


_we_the_pieces_ said...

I know!! I was the only blonde person there, and I had multiple people ask to take my picture. I just thought that this was the cutest/most memorable.
When's your daughters birthday? Mine is on thursday!!
I have lots of India stories, just some of the experiences are a little difficult to describe..

_we_the_pieces_ said...

I'm not in India, (i wish I was...)

It really was an eye opener about a lot of things, and not just poverty and pollution. I learned quite a bit about how different their families are, and customs.
Fascinating stuff, it really was (: