I’m sitting in the chair with color on my hair reading my book, “Paris, My Sweet” minding my own business. My hair stylist is in the other room taking care of another client. The hair stylist next to me asks her client and another woman sitting with foil highlights in her hair, “So what do you think about Caitlin Jenner?”
Upon hearing Caitlin Jenner’s name, my ears piqued. In case you have been under a rock these past few months Bruce Jenner, the former Olympian has decided that he would be much happier being a she…and had a sex change.
Immediately, these two women are disgusted and chime in with these sentiments:
“I can’t believe this man used to represent our country in the Olympics.”
“The media is giving him so much air time, when he isn’t the first one to change sexes.”
“People are so screwed up.”
“The magazines are touting him as a beautiful woman. I think she’s ugly.”
The other hair stylist said that she has seen messages all over social media, “’The awkward moment when Caitlyn Jenner looks better than Kris Jenner.”
As they were bantering back and forth, it was getting increasingly difficult to concentrate on my book ~ not because they are talking very loud with each criticism but I’m starting to feel very uncomfortable. Even though I would never do something like that who am I to judge what Caitlin did. It doesn’t affect me so it is none of my business. I do hope that she can find peace now.
I look up and see my reflection in the mirror. My neck is beet red and getting redder by the second. I look like I have a third degree sunburn.
Oh NO! I’m getting ready to have a full blow hot flash right here in this chair. I’m already hot with this cape on even though I wore a bamboo cotton combination t-shirt and jean shorts, so I wouldn’t stick to the chair like last time with my short shorts.
Think, think, think! How can I save myself from this sweaty embarrassment?
Aa-ha! Deep Breathing! That’s something I can do right here and no one will know.
Inhale slowly through your nose to a count of 10. Breathe deeply, filling your belly allowing it to relax and push out.
Hold for a count of 5
Exhale slowly through your nose to a count of 20.
Repeat until you get some relief.
I only had to do a couple of breath cycles but I could feel the hot flash abate almost immediately.