Monday, September 30, 2019
Every year I receive a gift card from either my husband or my parents for me to go get a spa manicure and pedicure. I absolutely LOVE having it done, but would never pay for it myself. Even though it's great self-care, it has always seemed like a frivolous expense when there are bills to be paid and other priorities.
I find myself carrying the gift card around in my wallet for most of the year. It's like my "get out of jail free" card. I save it until I am about to have a complete meltdown and am looking for an escape hatch. This year, I made it all the way to September before finally scheduling my appointment.
The ladies at the nail salon I go to remember me from year to year - which always surprises me since I am not a frequent patron. One will do my hands while the other works on my feet. It is pure bliss to just sit there and be pampered.
It came time for the polish and as usual, I opted for clear on my fingers and was struggling to choose which color(s) to put on my toes. I'll usually do my big toe in a contrasting color and then have a design painted on it. Purple is one of my favorite colors, so I had a nice purple picked out (with sparkles). However, deep green is also a favorite and they had one that was the most perfect shade, although it was like green glitter. Seeing my dilemma, the ladies began chatting and then suggested that I use both because it would be like a mermaid. We all laughed and I said, "sure, why not."
That weekend, as I was walking around barefoot in the house, my 'tween-age' son commented on my brightly colored toenails. I told him they were "mermaid toes." He stopped in his tracks, looked at me, and then said, "Mom, mermaids don't have toes." Without missing a beat, I replied, "They do when they're on land." I winked at him and then left him to ponder that response.
You see, the thing is... so much of what I do and who I am is serious much of the time. I've always been the responsible mother, the dutiful daughter, the supportive wife, and the dedicated worker. However, I absolutely refuse to abandon the silly side of myself that keeps me feeling alive...not just alive, but full of life. So, until the paint fades, I remain a clandestine mermaid with purple and green sparkly toes.