I cringed when I brought Isabelle with me to the nail salon for the first time. Since July, she’s accompanied me about five times (including today). It’s become her time to rest and relax. She watches “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” so intently that people forget she’s even in the salon. What a deal! She gets to chill with her beloved Daniel Tiger while I get beautified without having to pay a babysitter.
This morning, I was packing up her iPad and headphones for our trip to the nail salon. That’s when this happened:
Once I was at the salon, I told Jodi Isabelle asked about having her toes done too.
“I’m surprised it took her this long!”
“Really?” I asked.
“Yeah, I would’ve thought she would’ve asked sooner,” Jodi replied.
“I don’t know if she meant that she wanted you to cut them or polish them. Either way, it’s not happening for a long time,” I said.
Today’s conversation with Isabelle brought me back to a conversation I had with Dana Murphy earlier this month. Dana and I were talking about our daughters and the idea of them wearing anything other than peel-off nail polish. She told me she let her oldest put nail polish on her toes once and just felt like her tools looked — strange. It was like her daughter’s preschooler feet looked too sophisticated. I knew what she meant.
Until I had talked with Dana, my objection with nail polish had been from a nail health standpoint. I didn’t want Isabelle to ruin her nails with the chemicals. After Dana and I talked, I realized that polish on her toes would make her adorable little feet look age inappropriate.
I remember polishing my nails at the age of six so I know the day will come — sooner rather than later — when Isabelle will ask to use nail polish. I will only be able to say no for so long. At some point, I’ll give in and experiment with colors on her toes. That said, I will be the one polishing her toes since I’m not about to pay for Isabelle to have a pedicure!