Lots can be said about the effects of wearing a tichel in day-to-day life… but one thing’s for sure: people will say the darnedest things! Whether the real reason we cover is for religion, medical or personal reasons, it won’t stop people from taking their best (or wildest) guess at what we’re up to!
We asked Wrapunzel fans for the silliest or most unexpected tichel comment they’d ever had. Boy did we get some great answers!!!
Violeta: “An African employee at Costco always gives me a smile when I wear my tichel to shop. I’m hoping it reminds him of home. When I wore my tichel to school for one of my daughter’s events, one of the other moms asked me if I was dressing up as a fortune teller! D’oh.”
Robin: “My favorite happened in an airport when a man went running by me shouting, ‘I love your hat!'”
Amanda: “Last week someone asked if I was from Sierra Leone. And a while ago, a stranger reached up and squeezed my shaper (!) and said, ‘You must have a lot of hair!'”
Naomi Rose: “I was recently meeting with an insurance agent at a Starbucks. He was taking a bunch of notes on our conversation. This older guy came up to us and asked if the insurance agent was a reporter, and whether I was from Bosnia.
Another time I was in a department store and a guy yelled, “Hey, are you from Holland?!”
One of the best was when an African exchange student at my university came up to me and said that my scarves reminded him of home, because all ladies wrap their hair there!”
Emily: “I’ve told this story a thousand times but I still love it–a little kid asked me if I was a pirate. His mom got all nervous, like he did something wrong, but it was cool. I told him I was, and that I would be hitting the high seas that afternoon.”
Pauline: “I was in McDonalds when one of the staff sidled up to me asking if I was a medium. I was thrown a bit and said, ‘No, although I do pick up on people’s vibes and feelings.’ She said ‘I knew it, just by your look.'”
Kendra: “This weekend (which was my first time wearing a tichel in public), a man approached me and asked if I was an aerobics instructor. (???)”
Alana: “A man from Africa came up to me one time and enthusiastically pulled out his wallet and showed me a photograph of his mother in a head wrap. He told me he liked mine and that it reminded him of home, and that he felt it was so proper and dignified for women to wrap. He asked why I wrap, and I said: ‘Because it feels proper and dignified!’ It was a wonderful moment.”
Eliana Misty: “My favorite, the one that made me laugh out loud, is when I was asked if I were a Yogi.”
Shira: “At shul, a little kid playing with my son pointed at me and asked, ‘Why does your mom wear that big stuff on her head?’ My son replies, in a matter of fact tone, ‘That’s her crown. My abba is the king and she’s the queen.’ Meanwhile, the first kid is totally lost, because he knows my husband as the rabbi!”
Nechama: “The best one was at work today. A 7-year-old kid was looking at the back of my head (I was wearing a volumizer) and he said: “Do you have a baby in your head?” i.e., Are you pregnant? Boy, did we have a good laugh!!!”
And the award for best comment goes to:
Thanks for sharing, everybody!!!
Have YOU had an unexpected or humorous tichel reaction lately? Tell us about it!