Monday, July 19, 2010

A Sea of Red

Growing up as a "redhead" definitely had it's ups and downs. Oddly, I knew I was distinctively different from my other friends as I was the "only" redhead...which unfortunately came with its share of teasing. (Whoever thought "carrot top" was appropriate for a red head...come hair is not green?) However, I also knew I was unique, one of a kind...easy to spot in the crowd.

Today my family consists of all redheads. (Yes, the odds of redheaded children is very good when your husband has red hair.) We are the talk in the grocery aisles. The family easily remembered at church..."you know the family with red hair". Complete strangers aw over the kids' red locks, grown women whisper to me 'What dye number do you use?' have red hair. The attention is interesting and just part of being the Britten family.

Saturday our family joined ranks with 900+ other "gingers" in taking a picture of the largest gathering of natural redheads in one setting for the Guinness Book of World Records. Honestly, it was a bit freaky to literally see every shade of red as we looked out across the football field in Sammanish, WA. Ironically, you'd think that it felt comforting to be among so many other "reds", maybe even average, but even in this sea of red...I felt distinctively different.

Though our family represented red hair, we represented our family. A redhead family who happens to be my family.

From inside the little blue bungalow,
Katie Jean
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Anonymous said...

How do you find these events??? Mom

Anonymous said...

How do you find these events?? Mom

Jessica said...

Wow! I too am a red-head and wish that I could have made it to the red-head convention. My youth pastor told me a few years ago that red-heads would one day be extinct. I don't think I will live to see that day. Like your beautiful family, both my parents were red-heads and had four red-headed children with varying shades of strawberry blond to deep auburn. I was looking for pictures of a blue bungalow and came across your blog and have enjoyed reading it so far. Your kids are very cute, I married a brown headed guy who wants all of our kids to have red hair...we'll see one day.