I am worried about my sister. I need confirmation that she is still alive. I have tried calling her with no success. I've left her three messages and still, she has not returned my calls.
Mom was the last person to talk to her. They spoke early yesterday and Mom reported that Elle was in bad shape. I am afraid that she has been pushed over the edge. My sister is deeply disturbed, yet highly motivated and the slightest thing could set her off. I only hope that she has internet access and reads this before it's too late. I want her to know that I care.
Elle called Mom early in the morning. She was nearly hyperventilating, "I can't leave my apartment. I'm not going out there. They'll see me. Tell them not to look at me," she sobbed. These kinds of phone calls don't bother my parents. I have been preparing them for moments like this for years by sending them the transcripts of the conversations that I hear in my head. A little Agoraphobia doesn't worry them in the least.
It seems that my sister just found out that our preferred hair care company has recently discontinued our favorite anti-frizz, leave-in treatment. My sister and I are curly haired girls. We depend on this product to protect us from humidity. Humidity and curly hair can be a fatal combination. Once, my hair was so frizzy and large that it obstructed my vision. Without peripheral vision, I nearly ran my car into oncoming traffic. Right then and there, I knew that I had to make a change in my life, or at least in my hair products.
Elle sent Mom to several salons throughout the city to see if she could find a few leftover bottles. She had her visit the corporate office to see if she could shake down the executive types there for coordinates of the warehouse where surely, she would find the last remaining case of the leave-in treatment. Finally, Mom called me to see if I would scour the Southeast for the precious product. I am happy to help with the search, but thus far, I have not turned up nothing. If I do find anything, I will not be sharing with my sister.
Hair products are thicker than blood, as the saying goes.