I blogged a few times back about my son’s wedding. For this wonderful event, myself, my husband and my two daughters Dinora and Marie flew out to California. Due to unfortunate finances, (raising 5 kiddos is really expensive!) we flew out on a Saturday, attended the wedding on a Sunday, and flew home again on Monday. We really only had Sunday to enjoy, and enjoy it to the max we were going to do! Because the wedding was in the evening, Dinora, Marie and I drove off in the rental car looking for a place to get a manicure. Although this was not a regular activity for us, it somehow seemed appropriate given the fact that this was my first born’s wedding!
The city where the wedding took place was upscale. We drove to the first place suggested by the hotel. Manicures were $95, but they had no openings for us, (my GOD! Do people really pay that much?) We drove to a second place, which was in an exquisite setting with a Greek God theme, statues, vines, flowers and fountains everywhere. As soon as I saw the wine bar and the piano player off to the side, I knew that we were not going to be able to afford this place. Fortunately, THEY did not have any openings either. We laughed because the Greek place would have been all wrong for us because Marie,who is deaf, could not hear the piano player and Dinora, who has had a problem with drinking, could not drink the wine.
We had begun to learn our lesson that one needs an appointment for a manicure as we went from place to place looking to have our “nails done”. We actually turned this trek into a mission, laughing and joking the whole way. Finally, we all shouted with glee! In among a little string of stores, there lay the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…a storefront that read “Nails Pretty”. YES! NAILS PRETTY. Just what we wanted. We joyfully got out of the car and went into the empty salon where we were greeted by 6 of the most friendly Asian individuals I have ever seen. A manicure cost $15. A “mani-pedi” was $25. The three of us decided to go for broke and ordered the works, our first “mani-pedi”. The three of us sat in these large massage chairs while TWO people worked on us, one on our fingernails, one on our toenails. They washed and cleaned and massaged our feet and hands, a unique experience to say the least, and we laughed through the whole thing. (Although I think Marie was also giggling at the feeling of the massage chair.) It was SO MUCH FUN!!!
This experience taught me something about life. There are some things we have to do without due to finances. But when we do get to do something special, it is a joy! And I was especially joyful I got to enjoy it with my two best daughters! Money doesn’t buy happiness, but a little bit of money can…
If you want to read more about my family and our experiences, (and contribute to the future manicure fund,) please check out The Apple Tree: Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities and Remaining Sane”, an e-book sold at I-Books.