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You know that phrase “Secret Single Behavior” that Carrie Bradshaw once used to describe the odd things we do when we’re completely alone? (Hers was putting grape jelly on a stack of Saltines and eating them in the kitchen while reading fashion magazines...which, to me, seems like a fine thing to do in the company of others.)
My recent SBB is searching for gray hairs and plucking them out ruthlessly. In standstill traffic, my eyes dart to the rearview mirror looking for any signs of silver. In my bathroom, I’ll part my hair to one side, and then the other, searching for any glimmer of gray to attack with my tweezers. Sometimes I’ll be at my desk, stuck on a sentence, and I’ll pause to pull out a little hand mirror I have nearby to examine my scalp for incoming grays.