“Only ugly women wear makeup.” My father’s words. We all abided.
I can remember hiding mascara, buying lip color and nail polish in secret, applying it carefully on the bus on the way to school.
There were 4 daughters in my family. We were told that we were nice looking girls, and did not need “that stuff.”
It was hard being a teenager in our household. The peer pressure to look a certain way was never tolerated, at least not without a challenge.
My mother had alabaster Irish complexion, with freckles. She used a bright red lipstick, and that is all. For as long as we know.
We knew better than to show anything but a scrubbed face around our Dad, even into our adult years. It was refreshing, I must admit, but only after we had survived our childhood message.
There is something about this video that spoke to me. In a Tokyo zoo, this orangutan observed human behavior and is now performing this face washing ritual every day.
The younger one, who is licking the wet rock, has not quite evolved to the same level.
But is hilarious.