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Never thought I'd do this again!

Posted Friday, October 31, 2008, at 7:50 AM

Yep, what goes around comes around! Never thought I'd EVER tease hair again! It was all the rage when I was a teenager and in my early 20's, and here I am - teasing my daughter's hair for a Halloween party!
The weekend before Halloween found me doing something I thought I'd left far behind... No, not the twist...or the bunny hop...or MEN... I'm referring to the delicate feminine art of "teasing" - hair, that is! (Fortunately, I have NOT forgotten that other type of teasing...)

Another word for this antiquated practice is "ratting." When I told my good friend Emma that my daughter wanted me to tease her hair for a Halloween costume, Emma said, "Do you need a ratting comb??" Maybe I should have borrowed one, if she had it, because I discovered that my husband's old fine-toothed comb just didn't get it! Either that, or I had lost the knack! (Horrors!)

Back in the era of the "Big Hair," we were all adept at ratting our hair up into impossible heights. The procedure was pain-staking: 1) Wash your hair, 2) towel-dry it, 3) Put Dippity Do on it, 4) Set it on big orange juice cans (or later - on brush rollers - ouch!), 5) Sit under a dryer, if you were fortunate to have one, or leave your head up in rollers all night. If you had to run to the grocery store, tie a scarf around your curlers and go! 6) Take the rollers out when the hair was dry, 7) Brush it out, 8) TEASE IT up so you looked like the Bride of Frankenstein, and finally, 9) Smooth it out so it hopefully didn't look like a RAT'S NEST!!

WHEW! Does it make you as tired as it does me??? How did we have the time to do that???

Nowadays (as you can see from my Robin-Hood-simple haircut above), I just wash, dry with a hand-held blow dryer, and head out the door!!! Ten minutes, tops! Hahaha!

My, how the times have changed!

Still, it was interesting to see my daughter's reaction to her June Carter Cash hairdo and flouncy fifties dress (which she rented from a shop in Memphis).

"You know, Mom, I can see why you girls liked this hairdo! It's cute!" she said. Of course, back "in the day," we never had an electric flattening iron to flip it up like she did. That takes all the work out of it!

And, as for the dress, she LOVED it. Of course, when I sent a photo to my sister-in-law in Cape, she said, "Tell her she needs more can-cans! It should stand straight out."

Oh, yeah, I remember those can-cans! The more, the better! I'll tell you a secret to show you how obsessed we were with can-cans. (Shhhhhh...don't tell anybody!!) After all these years, I can still remember a beautiful can-can that my classmate, Pam (Weber) Turlington had: It was white, not very full (delicate and tasteful, as all her clothes were), and it had rainbow piping around the hem! I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, when that little bit of color showed under the hem of her dress!

Well, well...Halloween was always a magic time for me, when my kids were home. Now they've gone off into their own lives, but what a delight it is, when they come back for a trip down memory lane!

This weekend I'll get to see my two-year old grandson Evan dressed in the homemade squirrel costume that his creative mama Laura made for him. My sister is coming in from Springfield today, and we'll go take Halloween pictures for the paper and help with the Methodist Bazaar...

Life is good, and this fall season is golden. I wish I could bottle it up and hold it forever...

From the brilliant hills of Tillman, this is your roving reporter, Madeline, reminiscing in the cool of an autumn morning...

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I always thought my mom would live forever - I could never imagine what it would be like for her to be gone one day, even though I knew differently.

I hope I can leave something behind for my children to treasure when I'm gone... I guess memories are the best legacy a parent can leave.

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 9:34 AM

Mom's are and were great weren't they? Mine has been gone over 35 years now, I still remember her as if it were yesterday.

-- Posted by changedname on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 8:23 PM

nice column MD, always enjoy reading different topics and this is different. And I hope you never forget to 'tease'.........lol.........even if you live to be 102.

-- Posted by changedname on Sat, Nov 8, 2008, at 9:45 AM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
No, no, I'll never forget to tease! My mother taught me well! She loved to tease and BE teased up to the very end. The physical therapists who teased her got a lot more cooperation than the serious ones did! The one named Harvey even danced with her to get her to move out of her bed!! It was adorable!!

Mrs. DeJournette!!!

Great post! I am a former student of yours and cannot find your contact info on here anywhere. I was thinking of you the other day and decided to look you up. Please email me at rcwgv4@mizzou.edu

OHS class of '03


-- Posted by 20/20 on Thu, Nov 6, 2008, at 3:49 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Oh, oh, oh! I know who you are - just one of my favorite students of ALL TIME from one of my FAVORITE CLASSES OF ALL TIME!

I have already emailed you! It is SO GOOD to hear from you!

Good memories! If all kids were like you, I'd have taught until I was 102!

How many more Dixies could there be? I'll keep checking back to see if anyone figures out how to post them. There should be a Sandra and a Sharon in there, also...Who else?

-- Posted by GONENOW on Sat, Nov 1, 2008, at 5:56 PM

Dixie N and Dixie M? I'm sure my sister has some!

-- Posted by lovebooks on Sat, Nov 1, 2008, at 1:08 PM

If you have those pictures--do you have any with the two Dixies? (You never know who is checking your posts now, do you? Ha! I was a little girl, but I had almost everything the high schoolers had.)

-- Posted by GONENOW on Fri, Oct 31, 2008, at 6:22 PM

I also remember all you girls in your pencil skirts, bobby socks, and saddle oxfords! I thought you guys were the coolest ever. And oh, the sweater bras! So neat. I think the 50's were by far the coolest fashion years. I have some pictures of Pam, Ruth Ann, Randa from that time but not sure how to post.

-- Posted by lovebooks on Fri, Oct 31, 2008, at 8:58 AM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Oh, those skirts were the greatest! I still HAVE one!! hahaha! I couldn't stand to get rid of it! However, don't ask me to get into it!!

If you think the girls would be okay with it, email them to me at "advancensc@sbcglobal.net," and I'll see what I can do about it. I'll also check with Bobby to see if he can give me instructions.

My room mate in college slept with her head off the bed when she was decked out in brush rollers! I must contact her and see if she's ever suffered any repercussions from those days... (that word doesn't look right...)

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Oct 31, 2008, at 8:46 AM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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