One of my all time favorite movies is the 1990 Tim Burton masterpiece Edward Scissorhands starring Johnny Depp, with an outstanding supporting cast (Vincent Price!, Diane West, Alan Arkin) and score (Danny Elfman) to match. If you haven’t seen it, by God, you’re doing yourself a great injustice.
Not only does James (my stylist and cohort in this “count down to cue ball”) show a striking resemblance to Johnny Depp, today he played the part. Working diligently while spinning me around, he used his shears to snip and trim every hair like it was the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony of Amanda’s New Haircut. His “Vidal Sassoon Precision” technique was applied to accurately mold and perfect my asymmetrical cut. James personified the passion that Edward exuded in the film when he clipped and twisted his sharp sword fingers to shape fun designs out of the hair, fur, and leaves of the women, dogs and bushes in that carbon-copy suburban town where Vincent Price invented him. He made me feel as though I am a sculpture, an actual living piece of art, which (although I had no idea beforehand), is exactly the goal I was trying to attain through this project. Life itself, and living it in balance, is an art form and like oxygen and water, art is necessary for our survival. But cancer hates Oxygen (exercise more!) and also hates Art, I’ve ascertained (more sculpting, writing, filming, and photographing!!!). Breath more and Create more.
I have been extremely cautious of partaking in one of my other all time favorites lately— CHEESE!!! I heard it through the grapevine that chemo and dairy don’t mesh well. I was slightly bored and less than hungry but I indulged in some last night on a huge platter that I arranged with fruits, spreads, and crackers. It was so delicious as I ate it but later, it gravely upset my stomach. As I laid in bed I wondered, did Edward Scissorhands ever cut the cheese?
Thanks to: JAMES, I LOVE THIS CUT, and Ashlynn and I are becoming new buds…Ashley and Rachael for being there, as usual.
Thanks to CHEMO buds-BEN–love you babe, KITTY, and SARA and MOLLY for a great meditation session.