I was sure that there was going to be questions about it at the elementary school and I had my answer ready, but I was in no way prepared for the response I got that day….
we had just gone outside for play break, and were on the swings, we were putting together a hot dog ( three people on two swings interlocked by our legs) once we finished that, a couple of girls and I were chatting while swinging and there came THE question.
So what’s the reason you wear that on your head? Is it from your culture?
No Its because I didn’t feel like doing my hair this morning.
They all laughed, and one said she wish she could do that, then another asked: can we see it?
Sure, I said.
I slightly lifted my scarf to show the girls and one replied: OH THAT’S WHY YOU WEAR IT! That’s okay my momma doesn’t know how to braid either, she whispered.