I was midway through dumping food into to-go containers for our lunches when Kelly stopped pouring his cup of coffee, looked at me and said: "Ummm...Shannah, have you done your hair yet?"
Let me be clear: this is never a good thing to hear. It ranks right up there with the dreaded question often asked to men and teenagers: "Is that what you are wearing today?"
I was fully dressed, hair dried, make-up on. I couldn't think of anything to say that was either funny or sarcastic. Fortunately, Kelly simply said: "If you have finished doing your hair, you might want to go and take a look at it. There's something going on in the back and I'm not sure it's what you had planned."
I did go look. And he was right on both counts - there was something going on and I hadn't planned it.
You know what? That whole situation could have been the starting point for a huge fight. However, the question was asked with sensitivity and humor, not to mention that I had already finished the two cups of coffee I require to behave like a human being.
I'm glad that I have a husband that cares enough to point out the funky morning hair-do's before I head off to meetings across town.