Red Toe Nails

I’m guilty. As a new mom, I’ve let myself go a bit. It’s been 3 months since I’ve had a decent haircut, my wardrobe is getting a bit worn and I rarely bother with make-up. That said, there is one part of my pretty routine I haven’t given up…my red toe nails. There is something about having painted toe nails that makes me feel good. Few people actually see my toes. It’s not something I do to appeal to others. It’s all about me.

The funny thing is, before I started painting my nails, I really hated my toes. Not that my toes are more disgusting than the average Joe’s. They are an awkward part of our anatomy to look at and find beauty. The splash of red made all of the difference. What I once viewed as ugly is now my favorite attribute.

Perhaps it’s silly, but my ten red friends often bring a smile to my face. I love watching them rise from my bath water only to be draped in white suds. When I was healing from my c-section, it cheered me up to see them peeking out of the bottom of the sheet line. I laugh when my 7 month old daughter squeals and grabs for mommy’s pretty piggies. How silly something so simple can make me feel good. It’s great to discover little things you can do or surround yourself with to bring a quick smile when you need one. It’s refreshing to know the things in our life that seem ugly may be a slight alteration away from beautiful.

6 Responses to “Red Toe Nails”

  1. This is so true for me as well. It always has to be red too, no matter what color I decided to paint my finger nails. I even had this in my to-do list before I gave birth to Ryan… #7 Have DH paint my toe nails. You know I could not reach my toes at that point.

  2. lisa says:

    Me too. My finger nails might be pink or naked, but the toes need their red.

  3. Suzanne says:

    I am a french tip girl for my toes, but I get the whole making your feet pretty thing. It makes me feel so good!

  4. lisa says:

    Hats off to the french tip. My hand shakes too much to pull that off. I need the forgiving nature of the solid shade.

    Cheers to good looking toes!

  5. Helina says:

    Same here–gotta be red! It was especially comforting late in my pregnancy when my poor size 10s seemingly doubled in width. Once or twice a year I stray from my usual toe color (OPI’s “I’m Not Really A Waitress”, a gorgeous deep red with a hint of sparkle) because I feel like I should branch out. My toes look like someone else’s–I look down and don’t even recognize my own feet.

  6. Heck, it only takes about five minutes to do mine. Since my feet are visible every minute in Hawaii (‘cept on the tennis court, or during outrigger paddling), I like to keep ’em polished. OPI makes a great lacquer that doesn’t chip.. my fave color: “Rose to the ovation.” I apply it, then take a shower to loosen the excess… heck I’m a writer, not a pedicurist!

    And soon enough, your little cutie will want her nails done!