I’m Not The Only One!

by Sherry Riter in Different,Memory,Mom

mannequin head

Years ago my mother had some crazy idea that she needed to wear a wig. She has always had beautiful hair, but at the time she had black hair with lots of white showing so she wanted to have a lighter color to help soften her facial features as she ages.

mannequin on ebayWell, when you go from black hair to platinum hair, you must first be a redhead for a brief time. I thought it was awesome! Mom hated being a redhead. I can’t imagine hating having red hair! She even cried because she hated it so much! Imagine crying because you have the greatest hair color on Earth! She purchased a wig and it rested proudly on a Styrofoam mannequin head.

I’ve got to tell you, I love mannequins! I can not tell you how many times I have pretended to be a mannequin in a store and had people believe I wasn’t real! Mom is really great at it too, especially with her big hair. She has scared many people by moving at the last minute when they are about to touch her.

male mannequinOne day while Mom was at work, I swung by her house to vacuum, do the laundry and lay out her clothes because I knew she would be working late. It is always so nice to not only know that someone loves you enough to do an act of service, but to also enjoy the service given and it was something she really appreciated.

After I was finished getting everything ready to welcome her home, I spied the mannequin head. I couldn’t resist! I had already pulled the covers back on the bed in a nice little fold, so I put the mannequin head on the pillow as if it were resting on the side of its head. I stuffed a pair of Mom’s pajamas with towels, added some stuffed gloves at the end of the arms and pulled the covers back up to the shoulders of my grand creation.

hat mannequinAs I stepped back, I had to admire my great mannequin person. Laughing, I put on my shoes, locked up the house and drove home to wait for the inevitable phone call.

Oh yeah, she called me. I couldn’t hardly listen to her scold me because I was laughing so hard. Ms. Mannequin looked so real that Mom believed someone was sleeping in her bed. But time has a way of letting us forget, so months later when I put Ms. Mannequin in the living room sitting in a chair with a face full of makeup, Mom nearly had a heart attack, so I quit my little pranks.

I think me and the guy in this clip were cut out of the same cloth…

If you like movies that are a little geeky and old fashioned, Mannequin is a 1987 movie that is one of my favorites. It is a comedy, fantasy, romance about a mannequin that comes to life starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, and James Spader. The very beginning of this clip is so funny to me when they start talking about do-it-yourself liposuction….

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Under the Influence November 20, 2009 at 3:26 am

Those are some funny mannequin jokes you pulled on your mother! My mom would have fallen straight to the ground and stopped breathing. It would not have been pretty.


2 KK November 20, 2009 at 3:30 am

How funny! I bet your mom screamed to see "someone" in her bed, but how sweet of you to go by and help her out!


3 bluecottonmemory November 20, 2009 at 5:13 am

You are so funny! I remember my mom in the 60s and early 70s wearing wigs. I guess that's what you do when you do not wash your hair everyday. I am so glad that my generations is a bunch of hair washers!

I so love pranks!


4 Mindi @ B.A. Bookworm November 20, 2009 at 5:18 am

Ha, I'll bet that did scare your mom! But it was funny!!
I suppose you need to watch out for when its your turn one day. ;~>


5 Kerri November 20, 2009 at 5:45 am

Hilarious! Reminds me of Ferris Bueller.

Oh, and I thought Mannequin was a great movie!
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6 Anonymous November 20, 2009 at 5:47 am

Hello out there, I wash my hair every day, dry, curl and make it beautiful!!!!! The now generation did not invent being clean,lol. Yes she scared me so that even today when I come into the house I always look around to make sure she has not struck again. Now my hubby has taken her place. like crawing on his belly up to the side of my bed and raising up yelling boo!


7 Teresha@Marlie and Me November 20, 2009 at 7:54 am

some company turned that prank video into a tv commercial…I need to make a viral video!


8 Oh Sew Good November 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Oh NOW I feel as though I really know you. Let me guess? You also like pulling pranks on April Fool's Day yes? You're classic RED! I just have a whole new appreciation for you. I don't think your mom would like us together though. 🙂 I don't have red hair but I do agree with you; it's a beautiful color indeed.


9 Michele November 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm

When I was growing up, there was someone who liked to keep a mannequin in his window and changed it every week…it was fun to see what outrageous outfit would be on it. I had forgotten about the movie Mannequin…Kim Cattrall before she was Samantha. 🙂


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