This post is going to be more of an open forum. Please feel free to comment. Yes the comments are public. And yes feel free to disagree with me. Makes life more interesting.
I know I promised you a blog about my trip to Sedona but that will have to wait until next week. I’m in Arizona now and realized for time purposes, this made more sense.
Here are two of my recent experiences:
1– My girlfriend and I walk into a salon to get a pedicure. A mother was there getting a pedicure along with her 3 year old daughter! Let me repeat that, her 3 year old daughter was getting a mani-pedi!! Gee, can you tell how my opinion is going on this one? This wasn’t a cute little mother daughter bonding moment. This wasn’t momma smiling at little girl saying, “are you having fun?” “The polish looks so pretty on you”. Nope! Mama reading her smart phone the entire time. And the little girl wasn’t just getting a coat of polish. She was getting a full leg massage! My mouth is dropping just typing this. The poor woman who had to massage the little girl’s legs. I was embarrassed just being in the room watching this spectacle. And a manicure. And still mom barely said anything to her. Then they walked over to the drying station. Shockingly guess what happened? The little girl messed up her manicure. What a surprise. The manicurist went over and fixed it!
I have so much to say on this particular subject but I’d really rather hear what you guys have to say. On the plus side, she’s with her daughter, didn’t leave her at home ( I guess, I don’t even know if that’s a plus, I’m pulling at straws). You never know what’s going on in other peoples lives, do you? I’m sure the mother thought this was a wonderful treat for her daughter.
2– The other night I go to a Chinese restaurant to order take-out. While I’m waiting for the food I consider sitting at the bar that’s connected to the restaurant and ordering a drink. Now as soon as I walk into this bar I hesitate. It’s….shall we say, a bit sketchy? Still has the smell of cigarette smoke from years past, 2 1/2 men playing on the tv, and 3 patrons sitting at the bar where the first thought that popped into my head? Barflies! Not wanting to sound like a snob ( I know, too late) I sit down because I’m a big girl- I can do these this!
Of course as soon as my drink comes so does the take-out food I ordered for my family. But hey, I paid for my vodka and soda, can’t waste it. The female customer next to me (one of the so-called barflies) starts talking to me. She’s cracking up at the show 2 1/2 men asking me if I like the show etc. She has been at the bar for quite some time it seems. But she really was so nice. So friendly. Turns out we both have kids who went to the same school, we’re around the same age etc. She teaches me how to play Keno, the bar game, kind of like a combination of bingo and lotto. She tells me how there’s a much nicer bar on the other side of the restaurant but the drinks are at least $2 more. I’m surprised. I’ve been coming to the Chinese restaurant for food for years…….what bar? She says follow me. Sure enough. I never noticed. So you get my point—very nice.
Now you’re probably thinking to yourself, Laura this is all very fascinating and thank you for sharing but is this story leading somewhere? Patience—yes it is 🙂
Here’s where it gets interesting. Then she asks me if I have any tattoos. I don’t. She tells me her daughters have a bunch. She says when her daughter was 15 she wanted permission to get her tongue pierced. She did not give it but apparently her husband or ex-husband did give permission. I’m like—ok. Now her daughters are older, in their 20’s and want a nice mother/daughter bonding moment. See, I told you this would all tie in. In her words, she said, “ hey mom, why don’t the 3 of us all get our “va-gi-gis pierced”! I kid you not. These mother/daughter bonding moments just bring tears to your eyes don’t they?
I’m just looking at her…….I said something like “ I think that’s so sweet that they asked you. If my daughter wanted a mother/daughter tattoo I would do it”. I mean, what could I say? Can I see it? What piece of jewelry did you choose? Hope it’s hypoallergenic. It turns out she didn’t do it but her daughters did.
Like I always say, you meet such interesting people when you just put the phone down and talk to people. She was really so nice. Different from me—but all the better!
I hope you all have a wonderful week. And remember to try and bond with SOMEONE this week.
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OK, call me a prude, but what’s this world coming to? Do you ever want to crawl into a black hole and emerge in the 1950’s? I sure do!