Friday was an interesting day at work. Not for the work (let’s be honest… I’m an accountant) – but for the social aspects.
In a conversation about stress management with a junior member of our team, my alopecia came up. It sounds like horrible scare-tactics. It was meant to be the opposite. It made sense at the time.
The experience was an eye opener. So far, the only people I’ve told have been no a need-to-know basis. This turned into a teaching lesson… for both of us.
Her initial reaction was the opposite of everyone else’s.
She recoiled in shock.
Dropped her jaw in surprise.
Then fell into awkward laughter.
Catching her breath at times to comment;
…”That’s actually bald”…
…”There’s actually no hair”…
and (my personal favourite): “Can I touch it?”
The honesty was fantastic.
I knew exactly what she was thinking. And once she got over the shock of me flashing her my pasty bald-spot in the office, she asked some genuine questions.
I repeat; The honesty was fantastic.
Is it weird that I actually appreciate her reaction?
If so… how weird?
(No, I haven’t let her touch it – yet)