Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Things We Do

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I can see it now. One hundred years into the future, there will be a woman who decides to write about the tortures women of the early 21st century endured.

She would be writing about what they did. "They literally punched holes in odd places. They punched holes in their earlobes. Not only this, needles were used. How crazy is that?"

She would also report that she discovered pictures of women with bellybutton, nose, lip and tongue rings.
"Some of them had multiple puncture wounds. Men did it too." She would report how interesting the diary entries were.

"I can find no medical reason for someone to do this. It appears to be purely a vanity issue."

She would also report on the body art. "Some people allowed tattoo artists, as they were called, to paint pictures on them, again with needles. Many seemed to take the subtle approach, but some covered themselves with body art."

As I thought about this woman who would write about us so many years in the future, I was pulling off my Solar nails. This made me think of corsets. Wasn't that about hundred years ago? And wasn't it crazy that women wore them?

Okay, so the corset deal was a lot worse. Right? You should see my nails! Oops. I just pulled off the top layer.

And then I start thinking about my week.

"I have an event to attend. I have to get my nails done. I’m serious."

These thoughts are running through my head. "I shouldn’t get my nails done on Monday. I need to allow more time to heal. Ouch! My nails are tender to the touch."

I'm still thinking, but now I'm talking out loud: "Gotta do them. Gotta get them done. I can’t go without the nails. Look at these nails. It will not hurt too badly. I’ll tell them to go easy. Gotta have my nails."

And then it hits me. "Oh no. The roots are showing."

Allyn Evans

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Allyn Evans said...

Someone sent a comment to me from my ezine list about this article. And I wanted to include the message and the link for others.

Dear Allyn, Your newsletter brought back memories of the rubber Playtex instrument of torture I wore slightly more than sixty years ago--alluded to at this website.


Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Did you know that many tattoos like this can weaken the liver because the body cannot throw off toxins? Sorry, just couldn't resist that little piece of trivia.

I always love your letters, Allyn. You cn tell love and care go into them.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
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Camellia said...

oh ouch oh ouch oh ouch!!!!!

Beth Blair said...

I never thought of it this way, I always assumed tattoos were the wave of the future and that everyone would be plastered in tattoos one day. I, of course, can't claim any "ink" of my own...

I love the trivia about the liver and toxins. I had no idea.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Be nice if tatoos went out of style!

Allyn Evans said...

I'm with you on that one, Diane. Now that I'm a little older, I also can see many more reasons NOT to get a tattoo when you are young. The body changes...thus, does the tattoo.