Last week I pledged to wear the Hijab scarf for an entire day. I was excited to select a lovely pink color scarf. I had thought that it would be tricky to put on my head, but the student who put it on me, had it firmly in place in seconds.
I was immediately self-conscious. I didn't feel like I was myself! I missed my bouncy curls moving around my head. I felt the scarf around my neck and my ears and it felt restrictive. I headed back to my office and back to work.
An interesting thing happened. I forgot about the head scarf being on my head and it became more comfortable as the day wore on. I felt that it was expressing part of my personality and I was enjoying the pinkness all around my head.
The day passed quickly. I drove home. I wondered if others were noticing me as I drove and I was conscious about the feelings that Muslim women must feel when they are in public. Do they feel slighted? Do they feel "looked at"?
I arrived home. The dog went crazy barking at my head covering and he didn't like it at all!
I had to take it off a little early for the sake of the dog! I realized that I had not worried about my hair for hours. It felt cold to remove it. I instantly missed it.
A wonderful experience! I am glad I did it.