So yesterday I went to the gynecologist.
Although now I think of him as my OB, since, well, you know with the Jordan business and all. But calling him my OB makes people think I'm pregnant. Which I'm not.
I was hanging out on the table in that little gown thing, reading my BlackBerry, when Dr. N rapped on the door and walked in.
The first thing he said was, "Nice to see you! I love the haircut!"
I hadn't been there in months, and while I saw him 732 million times during and shortly after my pregnancy, I was surprised that he'd recognized me, much less remembered my hair.
I guess I always feel like doctors typically look at their notes and then fake the remembering.
But I quite like him and we have a good rapport, and he did pull a baby out of my uterus and shake my husband's hand. So the remembering could be genuine.
So he asked a couple questions and then left to get the nurse so she could be there for my exam.
They returned, and had me lie back and scoot forward. And so there I am, legs spread, vagina all out there for God and everyone, when he says, "So you have this cute new haircut! And what else has been going on with you?"
I don't know about you, but I have always found it hard to make small talk in a face to vagina kind of situation.
And also. With the hair, I suddenly felt noticed, if that makes sense. In a nice way. But it still made me self conscious.
Not my vagina - that was all clinical. More like, it occurred to me that maybe he thinks I'm attractive. Not in a creepy way - no tone, no look. He's totally professional.
Seriously. It's not like he was all, "Hey, why don't you put some clothing over that vagina of yours and let's go out for a drink."
It was just the noticing of the haircut. Which a ton of other people have done - it's quite a drastic haircut.
I know I'm not explaining the why very well.
And then he made me laugh saying, "OK, just a few seconds, and you'll be the proud owner of a new Pap smear."
And then I put my clothes on and we talked in his office and that was that. Totally normal.
I was telling Nick about it last night. He's typically a voice of reason. When I have situations I'm wondering about, he always gives good advice.
"Do you think it's odd? About the complimenting the hair?"
"Not at all. But you know what I wish you'd said?"
And then I thought, should I have said something? Doctors are authority figures. Maybe compliments, even innocuous ones, are inappropriate?
"I wish you'd said, 'Oh, thank you. I was going to get a Brazilian, but then just went with a trim...Oh! You mean my head hair!'"
Helpful. Very helpful.