My Hair Stylist, the Hunter


Over the years, I have had many hair stylists who have cut my hair every 5-8 weeks. It’s interesting to hear the interactions that happen in the chair. Stories of children and their mishaps. Vacations that were taken. Stories of encounters with the police. Happenings around the salon. Happenings with children coming into town. Holiday experiences. You name it. It’s been discussed in the chair. Except for the last two encounters with my hair stylist, Kim.

I don’t remember how the discussion started, but Kim is from Native American descent and the topic came around to what she loved to do for a hobby. She responded to the question by saying that she loved to hunt with her husband. Deer. Elk. Pigs. Duck. Turkey. Pheasant. You name it, she has hunted it. She is such a hunter that she even took off her shoes about a month ago so that she could sneak up on a deer that she was hunting so that she could bet a better shot. In 30 degree weather in the snow. With only socks on.

Last week was a new interaction as she described her encounter with hunting antelope. She and her family had 5 tags to hunt these wonderful animals on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. What fascinated me the most is the description of these animals. They can run up to 45 miles per hour. What they eat determines the taste of the meat. If they are eating sage brush and pine needles, the meat will taste like sage and pine needles as compared to Antelope that are eating hay and corn stalks on the eastern planes.

One of the topics in the chair that I thought fascinating is the structure of the hair. Kim indicated that Antelope hair is very course and is formed like a straw. Air is allowed in the straw so that on very cold days, the air forms an insulation so that the Antelope stays warm out on the blustery days of the Colorado plains.

Who would know what you might learn sitting in a hair stylist chair. On this journey through life, keep your ears open to stories and insights that others bring from their own experiences. It can cause you to thank God for His creation intricacies of life.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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