When my darling Sven was on a six-month overseas assignment, I starved myself into a perfect ten, changed my hair from mousy brown to dark gold, traded my thick glasses for contacts. Once he gets over the shock, I’m sure he’ll propose at last!

Now I’ve finally wangled him into a quiet corner, where he stares at me in confusion.

“You look different,” he stammers, totally puzzled. Then realization floods his handsome face. “I know! You’re wearing a new watch!”


When kindling doesn’t work, the wise woman uses lightning bolts. Watch out, Sven, you’re about to burst into flames!

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Ha, ha. Love this Fuji. Such a familiar story for us poor women. I swear my hubby never actually looks at me. If I went out wearing a Santa suit, he probably wouldn’t notice ?. Good write!

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

LOL this is great Fuji. And I can totally relate. For years I wore glasses before taking the plunge into contact lens. I’d arrived at the office wearing glasses and returned after lunch without them. A co-worker stared at me and I thought, yes he’s noticed. ‘You look different’ he said, ‘ I know, you’ve changed your hair.’ Your story is going to put a smile on a lot of faces. Loved… Read more »

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Fuji, this was a great, fun story to read. It made me smile. I think many women can relate!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Hahaha (lol). This is so funny. This reminds me of something in the past. When I went to a salon and make my hair cut short when I got home my husband just only says “What did you eat for lunch, you look chubbier and your face turns rounder”. I am a bit disappointed with his reaction. A very nice write, Fuji.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Fuji
1 year ago

Yes, Fuji. And it caused too much disappointment to us.

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

This is a very fun read, Fuji. I think we’ve all experienced something similar! On the other hand, once when my son was still a toddler, I had my hair cut from waist-length to a head of short curls. When I arrived at home, he burst into tears and cried out “I want my Mommy!” He refused to speak to me for more than a week, asking where his mommy was. So… Read more »

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Ha, ha, Juma, you should stayed the same. I guess some of us would have thought what have you been up to? Maybe even, what are you after?

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

A very amusing read. Well done on this great piece of writing.

Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi(@brigitta-hegyi)
1 year ago

This is really funny and totally true! I think that we focus more on the little things than they do.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

Poor Sven who is about to go up in flames. Actually, I read something very similar last night about people suffering from Aspergers syndrome, not being able to pick up on things that are very obvious to most people. Sven just might have a tiny bit of that. On the other hand, reading the comments, I’m thinking that most men, including myself, suffer from Aspergers. Great story!

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Great story, Fuji, and one I know many of us will identify with  ?  Lightning bolts are a good idea, or one of those electronic cattle prods!

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