I'm perfectly happy to wear my clogs to go pick up a basket of pickles from someone who looks like she could be my Aunt...

Okay. I’m getting a little nervous now. Tomorrow’s the day you all decide if I should dye my hair or let it go gray. I was feeling very brave about the whole thing until I saw this ad for Dansko Clogs last night while flipping through a magazine. In my mind, I think I look like the young-ish woman on the right. But if I go gray, I’ll look more like the older woman on the left. Right?

Oh dear. I’m not sure I’m ready to be the older woman on the left. First of all, I’m not so sure about her outfit. Except that I actually have those very same pants, I think, and an apron that’s very similar. There are even pictures and videos of me wearing this brightly colored apron scattered around the internet.

So sweet of you to drop by, dear, I've been up since 4:00 a.m. sweeping the porch and tying these fabric squares on the jars with organic hemp string. Can I get you some fresh rose-hip tea?

Seriously, do I look like am I ready to start canning pickled beats, people? I mean, not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’m sure The Pioneer Woman does, and she probably wears clogs. And she’s sexy, in that hot cowgirl housewife way.

It’s just that, well, I think of myself as being more, you know…artsy and fashionable and, well, looking sort of…younger. Like this woman. The one with the dark hair:

“Oh Auntie, thank you so much for the lovely goodies! I’m sure the patrons at the art gallery opening will appreciate their fine color and texture, and my artful arrangement of them next to the imported cheeses at the invitation only cocktail party tonight! Now, I must go change into my new Tahari dress and to die for Manolo Balniks!”

But, indeed, I did promise I’d do whatever you say. Of course, I was assuming we’d end up with more votes in the “Dye!” column, because that’s how it seemed to be going all month. And then, Mrs. G’s crowd over at Derfwad Manor got in on the game. I think they all wear Danskos over there, because the vast majority of them voted “No Dye!” and now I am worried.

Only four votes stand between the “Yes! Let your hair go gray!” and the “No! Don’t let it go gray!” columns on my Survey Monkey survey, over there to your right.

So now, dear internets, I must beseech you to vote with your heart, and your minds, and send this to all your friends, so you can all tell me what to do.

If you want me to look like the gray-haired aunt that I am (hey, I’m even a great aunt, actually!) vote “Yes! Let your hair go gray, you’ll love it and look more natural!” If you want me to continue to pretend that I’m younger, vote “No! Are you kidding? You’re too young and hip for gray hair!”

Voting ends at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night, September 15th, 2010.