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Keep Your Hands To Yourself

Do you ever wonder why you do what you do?

Why you choose to say this instead of that? Why did I drive down this street instead of that one? Why am I going to the store again when I was already there this morning? Well now I'm wondering why I chose to wear something.

Why, before answering the door, did I choose to put on my new lip gloss? Why did I pause to apply, for a stranger, my lip-plumbing lip gloss called "Sexy Mother Pucker"? I'm thinking this as I go to answer the door. I panic and wipe the lip gloss off on my hand then open the door.

Rosemary, from a fancy bathtub company, is here to help me turn my tub from a germ-ridden, lead producing mess into a palace of porcelain. (Or really acrylic somethin', somethin'.) We shake hands before she unfolds her traveling presentation. While Rosemary is talking to me I realize that my hand feels funny. I try to itch it, thinking it must be a bug bite from my recent yard work. I finally catch on that it's the lip gloss that I wiped off. It's starting to make my hand all tingly. I feel so awkward. I do my best to focus on what Rosemary is telling me, when I realize that she is rubbing her right hand on her leg. I try not to stare but I know that her hand is becoming numb as well because I shook her hand with my lip-numb-gloss stained hand when we met.

I wanted to laugh, but no. This is serious business. I need my bathtub refinished and I've numbed the hand that could help me. Perhaps her hand will stay numb while she's giving me her quote!

(First published at Beautiful! Fabulous!)

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