A few days before New Year's Eve, I realized that all 20 of my nails needed attention. So early the next morning, I made an appointment for 1:30 that afternoon with my favorite tech, for a fill and pedicure. Little did this girl realize that she'd be having them done in a salon full of women!
It wasn't overly crowded when I walked in (wearing stirrup pants, a turtleneck, flats, my new women's coat, and carrying my purse.) The tech addressed me as "Miss Mandy" and after a few minutes wait to finish her customer, she started my fingers. As time passed, women kept coming in for various services....even some mothers bringing their little girls along for holiday nails. There was nearly no conversation, as everyone was busy. And one by one, the pedicure chairs were filling up. They even had a couple of walk-ins waiting...as the tech finished my fingers.
Fortunately, I got the last open pedi chair, and there I was, fully in the midst of other women - no way to hide. My tech got right to work on me, re-doing the acrylic on my toes. Apparently I was not attracting any undue attention - they presumed I was what I appeared to be. The little girls did not stare, and there was very little conversation among customers and/or techs.
I didn't notice any double-takes or unwanted glances - well, other than a couple of the ladies watching my feet when the tech was removing the old coating with plastic clips on each toe, lined with acetone-soaked cotton, and again when she got out the "little blue light" to set the fresh coatings. (The girls all were getting "just paint" on their toes...I was the only girl getting acrylic.)
Today's version of my nails...still light pink, but with a whitish cast.
An interesting observation: had I worn a dress or skirt to the salon, I'd have been in the minority. Only one girl was wearing a skirt, and it may have actually been a skort. All the other girls were in pants of some sort: jeans, capris, leggings, etc.
The amazing thing was that in this cold weather, so many women wanted pretty pedicures...even with colorful nail art. My guess is that they were all planning to attend New Years parties and were wearing those strappy, heeled sandals with their short dresses...never mind the cold!
Maybe someday I 'll be wearing them, too...
As encouragement to those of us who are a bit on the heavy side: a cute sign found at a restaurant in Bellows Falls, VT during our trip last year.
Maybe those of us with the weight issue can interpret it as "Eat, Drink and be Mary?"