Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Code Blue ...

If you've seen me out and about this month, you'll notice I'm sporting a bit of a Marge Simpson-like influence on my hair.

Instead of the usual, more natural chestnut or blonde highlights, this time I went for rather fetching shades of blue. (At least that's what I told myself. They are fetching. Not weird.).

The reason for my new look was inspired by one of my blog crushes, the gorgeous Tanya from Madmother.

I met Tanya at last month's Digital Parents Conference in Melbourne, and was rather taken by the splashes of blue in her hair which she'd put it to highlight World Autism Day.

It's surprising how many bloggers in the Australian Digital Parents community are parents of children on the spectrum. We have so much in common, that we never stop talking both in 'real' life and online.

And of course, we all agreed to do our bit to blog and tweet about autism this month.
April is traditionally World Autism Month, and this year's them is to 'Light It Up Blue', to raise awareness and understanding about autism and all the conditions/variations that come under the spectrum.

I wrote about autism and my own relationship with it in one of last year's most popular posts, here.

But this year, as the Man Child gets older and more confident in his skin, I wanted to do something a little lighter to mark the month.

Blue clothes, shoes, make-up, and yes, hair, has been the order of the day at Chez MIA.

All inspired by Tanya, and other mums I've met online and in real life, who marked World Autism Month in their own way. By blogging, tweeting, wearing blue, joining walks, and yes, even colouring their hair.

And it's funny, but going blue really has started discussion when I'm out and about.

"You're not a blues supporter, are you?" someone said the other day.

"No, Mum's gone blue for Autism," said Chase.

"Oh, that's even better," she replied.

And so it went. Sparking talks about autism, ASD, ADHD, PDD, and an associated bunch of conditions.

Sure, I ended up having to do my hair myself - my usual hairdresser had run out of blue fudge, and I wanted to be blue in time for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

And this meant my blue hair kind of turned out green and turquoise, rather than the fetching highlights I'd imagined. But hey, it's the thought that counts, right?

Just a little blue...

Isn't it pretty? If patchy ...

Missy tried some blue as well ...

As did Chase. (Pictured here with extra snake painting from Australia Zoo).

This blog is part of a linky. I'd love you to read them when you have time.



Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

The blue in your hair looks great & also in the kids hair.

There were some public schools that allowed their students to have blue hair just for the day on the 2nd and any one who had blue hair had to pay $1 which went to Autism Awareness in Chatswood Sydney.

Were the kids allowed to do that at their school?

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Renee | About a Bugg said...

Love the blue - what a fabulous way to spark conversations!!

And thanks for linking up xx

Richard Rose said...

A great was to start a conversation! I'm already aware of autism having a stepson with asbergers, although his father maintained that there was nothing wrong with him, at least until he found out that he could receive the Disability Support Pension.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Your blue hair looks very fetching Bronnie and good on you for writing and supporting autism awareness :)

Madmother said...

Love it!

Mine didn't just fade - it washed right out! I was told it would go green, but somewhere, somehow, my hair missed this!

Loved meeting you too!

Hsin-Yi said...

Wow - you're brave! That's one thing I have never had the courage to do - dye my hair (even if only temporarily!)

What a cool way to raise awareness for an important topic!


Home Cleaning Service said...

You look great with the blue shades in your hair!Thats called a signature look and when is related with supporting such a cause as in the name of the World Autism Day,it is simply amazing!I am loving the kids playful looks too:)Cheers!