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What I have learned from wearing a head cover for seven months...

I have been consistently wearing headscarves since July. In that time I've learned several things about wearing headscarves.
1. It is an uncommon thing to do in Australia, obviously. The current climate here is that the nation is focused on the hijab, niqab, and burqa - this focus is predominantly divided straight down the line between various forms of disapproval and support. There is a growing acceptance that it is not always a sign of oppression, and for most women in Australia who wear a hijab, at least, it is a personal and a valid choice. There are still those who would like to seen it banned (which seems like just another form of oppression to me).
I don't wear a hijab - though it would be acceptable for me to do so despite not being a Muslim because the hijab style of head cover is not an Islam-exclusive practice.
In light of this, I have not attracted the kind of vitriol hijab wearers experience. In fact, I have only received compliments barring a single incident whi…

Four out and one to go...

Don't I wish I had teeth like those, hey? I wouldn't even wish for teeth that white, just that straight and close together.

But my teeth are nothing like that. My teeth are crooked and gappy, and very brittle. I had a lot of fillings as a kid, and slowly, over the years the fillings have dropped out and the surrounding tooth has broken off. I have had a lot of teeth extracted, three that I can remember.

For the past four years I have lived with four broken teeth at any one time. This time last year I had a tooth extracted, leaving three which needed to be looked at by a dental surgeon as they had complex roots. I went on a waiting list, and finally came up for assessment in December. They agreed to extract four teeth (another tooth had broken in the meantime). at the time I was very excited and for the whole of January I was all but counting down the days. Then February arrived and I started getting those typical butter flutters. As Monday morning dawned, I concentrated on ge…