Your Town, Aug. 13, 2017

This is the seventh and final installment of “Diary of a Graceful Gray.”

Thanks to all who have stayed with me as I shared the ups and downs of growing out my natural color. A few have sent notes, telling me of your decision to give it a go. Good luck and keep me updated.

And, to those who may have bailed on me these past few weeks, take heart — the regularly scheduled programming will resume next week.

Just a few notes and final thoughts, though.

I did the math, and redid it, and then did it again. I really thought I’d have spent more than roughly $3,800 in the 35 or so years that I’d been coloring (at home), but the calculator doesn’t lie. That number would have been much higher had I visited a salon every four to six weeks.

My favorite brand through the years has been Clairol. I even worked for a short time, more than 20 years ago, at a Clairol call center as a “hair care specialist.” Calls to the 1-800 number on the box would be answered by me or any of the other trained voices, to assist you if your hair turned green or that lovely shade of red was actually a bright pink.

■ Dec. 27, 2016

Christmas has come and gone and, along with clearing out the fridge of the last of the holiday leftovers, I have completely cleared away the last of the leftover brown color on the ends.

I am completely unmasked now. Au naturel.

It took about five months for it all to grow out and it helped that I snipped here and there on a regular basis — without having to shave it off.

■ Jan. 3, 2017

My final analysis is that I don’t have as much white as I thought I did when I began this journey, back in August. It’s a nilly-willy mix of black and white, salt and pepper, ying and yang.

Lots of photos were taken and posted during the holidays and a few comments mentioned that “You look so much like your mother in that photo.”

That is the ultimate compliment.

■ Jan. 5, 2017

The positive feedback continues. Strangers in line at the grocery store have commented on both the natural look and the style, but it was my dental hygienist, Lori, who got it so right.

“Tammy, I love how you’re wearing your hair,” she said as she situated the bulky apparatus in my mouth for X-rays, “And the cut is so cute.”

“Ahnk uh,” I replied. (It’s hard to talk with that cardboard thing in your mouth).

She didn’t react — “Omigosh, your hair wasn’t like that when you were here six months ago.”

Rather, her honest and uplifting words gave me the opening to tell her about the exciting “new” me and how it came about. Her words validated the positive change, the uncertainty at first, and my feelings on the final outcome.

I’m so glad I did this.

So, what is next?

Conclusion:

A full year has passed since I declared freedom from the box, and I couldn’t be happier. There are no plans to return to the four- to six-eek habit any time soon.

Last month, shortly after Installment No. 3 of this diary published, “Bob” came up to me after church that Sunday and said sheepishly: “You know, I didn’t even realize you’d grown out your natural color until I read your column today.”

Doh!

Thanks, Bob.

An AARP Smart Driver Classroom Course is planned for 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 6 at Colorado Christian University, at the corner of 24 1/2 Road and Patterson Road.

Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The course refreshes driving skills and knowledge of the rules of the road. Those who take the course are eligible to save money on their car insurance.

Call 314-7408 to register prior to the course.

Approximately 350 motorcycle riders on the American Legion “Legacy Run” will arrive in Grand Junction around 5 p.m. today, on their travels to the American Legion National Convention happening Aug. 17–23, in Reno, Nevada.

The public is encouraged to support the riders along the route from Delta on U.S. Highway 50. The group will travel north at 29 Road, to Patterson Road, then west to 27 1/2 Road, continuing to Horizon Drive where they will stop for the night.

On Monday morning, after a breakfast hosted by Grand Junction Harley-Davidson, the Legion Riders will head west on Interstate 70 to continue the journey.

The Legacy Run raises funds for scholarships for survivors of the fallen military. Visit legion.org/riders/legacyrun for information or call Lou Brackett, with American Legion Post 2006, at 640-7971.

With school starting this week, our club and organization focus features youth groups:

International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is an organization for young women ages 1–20 that builds confidence, organization, and leadership skills through service. The Grand Junction Assembly meets the first and third Monday of each month at the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court. Call adviser Ellen Rehwoldt at 434-4608, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit GoRainbow.org for information.

■ Young Life has been in the Grand Valley for 35 years and has programs for middle school, high school and college-aged teens who meet each week with friends, play games, laugh together, participate in skits and hear a message to facilitate discussions about real life issues and helping them grow in their faith.

Call 243-7684, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit gvyounglife.com for information.

Submit Calendar and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO, 81501. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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