What (the hell) is she doing to this child??
Driving out demons? Has she stripped it down for examination first? Why is the whole community gathered to hold it up, and why are its little arms outstretched in crucifixion posture? Doubt she’s vaccinating it . . .and why is everyone else laughing, as the child goes into paroxysm?
Why doesn’t the New York Times front-page caption writer give me the answer??
But reading the accompanying article, I get a thought. The story explains how devastating her return to Alaska was, after her failed vice-presidential bid, and it details the real reason, not political but very personal. She said she’d work without any title to serve Alaska and all good people everywhere. So maybe she is now on a mission to save children from the horrors she herself has endured and this is the beginning of her selfless work?
Maybe she’s injecting some sort of hair-growing potion?
[Palin’s] hair had thinned to the point where she needed emergency help from her hairdresser and close friend, Jessica Steele.
“Honestly, I think all of it just broke her heart,” Ms. Steele said in an interview at her beauty parlor in Wasilla, the Beehive.
Now you might scoff and think the Beehive and the hair thing was a throw-away bit of color in this story but read on! It comes up again deep into the politics, at the veritable center of her family!
Things on the home front were equally strained. Paparazzi regularly stalked the family, once ambushing Bristol Palin when she arrived with her newborn and her father at the Beehive beauty salon. Mr. Palin was forced to wait for her in the car with Bristol’s baby, Tripp, whose image was fetching a particularly high tabloid bounty.
So it seems to me THIS is the photo that should’ve been on the front page. I give you — THE BEEHIVE.
Or better yet the Grey Lady could have gone into her own files and pulled this shot from Sept 12 2008:
“She’s very involved in her look and how she’s perceived,” Mrs. Steele said. “We would talk a lot about how if she looked too pretty or too sexy, people wouldn’t listen to her. How important it was for people to see her as an intelligent, smart woman. It was comical when her hair was down, how big a difference that would make, especially when she was running for governor.”
With more-established salons throughout the valley, the Beehive would seem a surprising choice for Wasilla’s then-mayor. Mrs. Steele started the salon in 1997 when she, a recently separated mother of two, put a salon chair in her garage and painted the interior Barbie pink.
Mrs. Steele relied on word of mouth through local congregations: “We’re all really strong Christians in this shop.”
Around 2000, the mayor called, needing rescue from a bad color job. . .Eventually, Mrs. Steele suggested that Ms. Palin put up her hair because “Sarah wanted to look more professional and ready to work and not come across as high maintenance and fussy.”
The updo had another benefit. “Sarah’s short,” Mrs. Steele said, and wanted to look taller in front of cameras.
When Mrs. Steele heard that Ms. Palin was running for governor, Mrs. Steele called her: “Let’s get you all picked up for campaigning!”
The two experimented with full bangs, side-swept bangs, clips, curls, twists and blond streaks. “We just kept polishing her look,” Mrs. Steele said. “We would try more warm, red and coppery highlights or more of a contrast with pale highlights, not to be severe but just more striking.”
Over the years, Mrs. Steele said, their lives have intertwined. Ms. Palin attended Mrs. Steele’s bridal shower; this spring, the five “Beehive Beauty Shop girls” were invited to a baby shower for Ms. Palin’s son. Hairdresser and client belong to Wasilla Bible Church.
During Palin appointments, Mrs. Steele, divorced and financially stressed, confided in her client. “Sarah was always saying that God was in control and to have faith that there is a reason for everything,” Mrs. Steele said. “We would say it together.”
. . .Ms. Palin told her “not to make excuses for why I am not a stay-at-home mom or have my kids at the shop.”