Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pale Pink


Yesterday, during that sweet silence right after both girls go down for their nap, he casually looked at me and said something to the tune of, "I was wondering if you wanted to get your nails done today." As if this was a normal thing to say. As if the last time that I "got my nails done" wasn't over two years ago-- when I was hopelessly pregnant with our older daughter, and I hobbled down to the nearest nail place in the only flip flops that would accommodate my swollen feet. To paint my toenails in some sort of defiant gesture to the fact that I could no longer even see my toes.

I am not one of those women who gets her nails done. It's not something I even think of these days. What? With washing dishes and wiping noses and sweeping floors. Painted nails seem like some sort of luxurious relic of a bygone era of my life... or maybe some future era, sipping tea with old friends with our frail hands covered in tissue-paper skin. But today? In the thick of parenthood?

I went. And despite what I initially thought, I actually loved it. The new nail place up the street is calm and quiet, has soothing piano music-- not the noisy, noxious salon I had imagined. I took my knitting and relished the peace. And all of today I have been doing double takes at my hands and feet-- which, unexpectedly, inappropriately, are a shiny pale pink. What a sweet husband I have.

5 comments:

Once Upon A Parent said...

And your feet look lovely!
Good luck on the gluten-free. We have been doing it for a while now and it has made a big difference. We are finding spelt to be a good alternative.

KnitterMama said...

Your feet do look lovely! I love pale pink on nails--didn't Jackie O say ballet pink on the finger nails and red on the toenails always?

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

What asweet post and sweet husband you have.
I am the same as you...wiping noses heh! I have never had my nails done but after reading how happy it made you I might try this...nice to indulge a little.
I love the color you chose.

Adele said...

Thank you! I love the pink on the fingernails and red on the toes... that gives me incentive to paint them again. And Bloom, I think you should try it-- especially the feet. Very relaxing.

Vicki said...

I just caught this post. I love it. Toe nails before birth (red for the boy and purple before the girl), then polka dots before the fracture surgery. There must be something about well pedicured feet and hospitals?! I love the pink.