My girlfriend, Gaywynn, and I arrived at Victoria Nails, located in a strip mall, on a Friday morning. The place was nearly full. The clients were all women, getting pedicures, except for a solitary male nestled in amongst them. As we were led to our chairs, we passed by him. He beamed at us from his chair and said, merrily, “It’s my second time!”
One is never too old to learn how to be young. Hats off to your toes.
Richard, you are a consummate master of drawing philosophical questions and postulates out of mundane experiences. Your words “see that fear has dominated my behavior far too much and far too often” hit the point. How great that you’ve shown it to us on your own experience, thanks to Gaywynn.
Love the line: "there’s nothing more masculine than vanity." True dat. And nice toes, sir!
So glad it's 'Best foot forward' and so soon too.
This says so much about life, experiences and what a good relationship can bring but it's funny and honest - your footprint is unmistakable, Richard.
Okay, I endured one pedicure and went through gyrations of existential angst before and after. It was a gift from my mom. Thanks for writing about this. The crux of the matter, “my naked feet in someone else’s hands.” No, no, no ..... 😂
Good for Gaywynn for wheedling you out of your comfort zone. Good for you for sharing it with us. We all need a little nudge now and then, because, you are right---what are we so afraid of?
Great writing, great girlfriend, great toes
Very funny but I have to admit, I do this all the time. I have reached the age where cutting my toenails is just too damned hard!
Very relatable fears, I'm a *woman* whose masculinity feels threatened by the prospect.