"God you're gray"
Today a former classmate from high school stopped by our office. Haven't seen him in decades. He asked where "Val" was and I said "I'm Val". The next words out of his mouth were "God you're gray!" and he shook his head.
My initial thought was "God you're bald" or "Geez you have no teeth" (both true), but instead fumbled with "well life happens". I should have said "Yes, I'm gray but I still have hair and I'm still alive and I still have feelings".
How would you have responded?
FYI - I'm 57, and my hair is more white. I made the choice to stop coloring when I started losing my hair in mass a few years ago. So at this point I'm just happy to have hair.
To those who contemplate stopping coloring their hair......I'm glad I made the decision, but some days it can be emotionally draining.