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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Ouch!

  • For most of my life, I had hair so thick it could be hard to comb, but sometime after I hit the big four-oh, it started to thin ever so slightly on top.
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  • For most of my life, I had hair so thick it could be hard to comb, but sometime after I hit the big four-oh, it started to thin ever so slightly on top.
    I have never gotten used to it.
    Imagine my surprise the first time I got a sunburn on the top of my head. It was like that night playing softball when there was a ground ball in the hole and my brain said “I got this” but my body said “Not so fast, my friend.”
    Life’s harsh realities.
    Yesterday was great for working outside. Warm, if windy, and sunny. I got up early and accomplished a lot.
    Along about 1:15 I went in for lunch and a nap and realized I hadn’t worn a hat and had gotten the inevitable sunburn on my crown.
    I don’t care for hats, but, when I remember to wear it, I have a floppy canvas model that isn’t too bad.
    It’s like the ones the Australian Coast Watchers used to wear.
    When I was a kid, boys wore baseball caps and old men wore hats, especially, it seems, the ones who went to our church.
    There was a bare bulb outside over the church’s front door that was a summertime magnet for June bugs. Dozens of them would crawl near the door and buzz into the bulb.
    Just inside the door was a rack for the old men to hang their hats. McSwain and I would make sure we were the first ones out the door so we could catch some June bugs and slip them into the hats before the slower-footed oldsters could see what we’d done.
    It was great fun every Sunday night to see them jig dance, snatch off their hats and grab the June bugs.
    Some years later, I realized that they were surprised once, then just went along with the prank the next 138 times.
    Today, I am hoping that we never June-bugged anyone with a sunburned head.
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    Brian Blansett is publisher of The Shawnee News-Star.

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