I met a woman today who had 1″ long, dark purple finger nails.
Watching her hands move as she ordered a soup and a roll, I remember how, when I was about 13 years old, I got a grooming mandate while watching my favorite soap opera — All My Children.
Palmer Courtland was scolding his daughter Nina that it was unlady like to have long nails and that it was a further disgrace to paint them a color.
I remember glancing down at my long painted pink nails and thinking,
“As much as I hate to see you go, CUT YOU I MUST!”
I mean Palmer Cortland was the standard of snobbery, at the time, and I was looking for any bit of info; I was noticing every little detail that would establish me as –
clee-ass-y; as someone who had taste and was cultured.
Well today, looking at this well dressed woman with her 1″ long purple painted nails, I glanced down at my short nails with their clear neutral polish and this time I was thinking,
“Go fly a kite Palmer Courtland! Who are you to tell Nina or me or the thousands of other young girls that we had to cut our nails! “
Thousands of girls no doubt threw away their colored polish that day and conformed to your snobby ways.
Well, I have seen the future and she was –
wearing purple polish!
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