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Some things you just don't change

Posted Monday, December 12, 2011, at 11:55 AM

I'm getting ready to do something which I only do once a year.

I'm getting ready to purchase a new bottle of shampoo.

Don't laugh! As a bald headed man with short hair I usually purchase a new bottle of shampoo around the first of the year. I go for the cheaper 22.5-ounce size and, believe it or not, it will usually last the entire year. In other words, I don't need much and, in other words, a little bit will go a long way!

So, this minor purchase becomes a huge event in my life. I'll be stuck with the results of my purchase for months to come. And, I can't find the bottle for the stuff I've bought for the last several years. In other words, I now have to make a change.

One thing I've learned over the last few years is something most of you have never thought about. They make one type of shampoo for people with oily hair and another type of shampoo for people with dry hair. They make shampoo for people with dyed hair and shampoo that will slowly color your hair. They make shampoo for persons of several ethnic backgrounds meaning most of the rest of the shampoo is designed for hair conditions of the majority Caucasion population. There are shampoos from Australia and shampoos from France and shampoos from quite a few other places. There is a shampoo designed for nearly everyone and yet ...

I've not found a shampoo designed for bald-headed men.

And I've looked! I spent half an hour looking at the shampoos at CVS and another half an hour looking at the shampoos at Kroger's. One late night found me spending nearly an hour going through all the shampoos at Walmart. I have studied shampoos that are currently available! Believe me in that I can now give you a lecture on shampoos and their unique capabilities! For a fee I bet I could match you up with the right shampoo for you, but not for me.

Remember that hour I spent at Wal-mart? I finally found what I wanted to purchase and indeed am now ready for the year ahead. It's the same shampoo I've used for years. The manufacturer changed the bottle. It didn't look the same. And, after all that time searching, I found the product I'm comfortable in using and am ready for another year of green-apple smelling hair.

Most of us are preparing for the arrival of Christmas this month. I learned a long time ago not to change the rituals and songs associated with our preparation for Christmas. There are some beautiful new Christmas hymns written in the last 10 years but I doubt I could teach these or get anyone to sing them. We have the old standbys, the favorites, or as one woman told me, "It just wouldn't be Christmas time if we sang anything different." Sure, many of us remember the silver trees of the 1960s, but live (looking) trees dominate the season once again. And while LCD lights are a great (and cost effective) improvement we will find homes everywhere lit up with that glow of hope.

Some things you just don't change even if you've done them the same year after year.

And that can be a good thing!

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P.T. Wilson is the senior pastor at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, Greencastle, and is also the University Chaplain at DePauw University.
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