The Secret Life of Melanie O.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
The perils of boredom
Dan's mango pedicureThis weekend has been a scorcher. Temperatures have hovered near 100F out where we live. We are in peril of bush fires due to having no substantial rain for a month. So, what do we do to cope?

We get silly, of course. It might be the heat playing with our brains, but some interesting things have come out of this heat-related silliness.

Dan and I have an annual summer ritual. It's called "Dan's pedicure." It all started several years ago when I was giving myself a pedicure and Dan decided to be a pest and distract me by putting his feet in my lap as I was painting my toenails.

"OK," I told him. "Don't say I didn't warn you." And then I proceeded to paint his toenails to match mine.

Instead of being annoyed at his sparkly purplish-pink toenails, Dan had a laugh, which, of course, made me laugh. Now, every summer, I give Dan a pedicure and paint his toenails. Strangely enough, I don't give myself a pedicure any more.

This year, I thought I would be a little more democratic about things, and ask my online women friends to vote for the colour of the polish. The overwhelming majority voted for mango, out of a choice of mango, pink, gold, silver or pearl.

Dan, being the good sport he is, went along with the vote and is now the proud owner of bright orangey-red toenails. He even pulled out his thongs (flip-flops) to display his toes to the world. Actually, we went to see my in-laws this afternoon, where my father in-law remarked on the redness of the pedicure. "I like being different," Dan explained.

"Well, you've got that one sewn up," Dan's father replied.

I have to admire my husband - a man so secure in his own blokiness that he has no problem wearing sandals on the weekend to show off his pedicure. And I have to admit - mango is his colour.


posted by Melanie O. at 9:47 PM -
  • At 9:28 PM, Blogger Kanani said…

    I always thought --instinctively knew, that Dan was a real keeper. You're so lucky, Melanie. Really & Truly.

  • At 5:49 AM, Blogger LivinginOz said…

    I have to say - he is always a good sport about it. Last night I told him that he had prettier toenails than I do!

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