‘dead’ locks


it’s ironic.

i back-comb my hair, twist it to oblivion, and slather it with beeswax. then i order expensive ‘dread’ products to maintain what’s left of my destroyed hair.

dreadlocks: i used to think they were a way of escaping details. a hippie-way of living.

i spend more time on my hair now than i ever did. but i do this so that my dreads will mature. according to Google, they’ll mature in 3 or 4 months. that’s 3 or 4 months of intense hair destruction so that, in the end, i’ll have a beautiful head of ‘dead’ locks.

but seriously, there’s an analogy here. so many things in life seem like they should be easy. falling in love. making babies. finding a job. loving your neighbour. but they’re often a lot messier than we bargained for. each day is a dance between life and death. a tug-of-war between good and evil. but, the harder we tug, and the longer we dance, the more mature we’ll become. for some, it will take 3 or 4 months. for others, years.

but no matter what, the end product will be beautiful.



  1. Meghan said,

    March 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Can’t wait to see how they “mature”!

  2. March 4, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Yes… waiting is hard. Will it all turn out?
    Sometimes my fears strangle…
    Trust the process, yes?

    You are beautiful, Emily…

  3. Teneale said,

    March 5, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Wow…I had no idea they were so much work. I love your comparison to life. Hope all is going well.

  4. Carolyn J said,

    March 10, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Emily this is by far the best description oh life, as I said you can;t have the rainbow with out the rain, and this is better then I could ever say it. Love it.

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