AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: Cherries in the Snow DATE: 6/21/2009 08:42:00 PM ----- BODY:
This morning, I painted my toenails before we left for brunch. I usually go for purple or blue toes, so it made sense when Kevin looked down at them and said,

"Hmmm. What color is that? That's not your color."

No, it isn't. It's my daddy's color. His favorite, or at least one he asked me to wear once. So on Father's Day, every year, I make sure that I'm wearing it.

It's a rich, bright pink, and I think maybe my mom wears it too. If not the exact color, she usually chooses one very similar. It looks great on her toes.

In fact, I remember when she was in a coma and the week afterwards, I was assigned the task of massaging her feet and lower legs. She was bloated and weak and struggling just to survive at this point. Taking on my duty, I lifted the covers at the end of her bed and saw the most perfectly manicured toes. Her feet were still beautiful, and I'm fairly certain she was wearing "Cherries in the Snow," the same polish I put on this morning.

We both wear it because he likes it.

All while I was growing up, I felt like I couldn't do enough to please him. My grades were always a little too low. My clothes were never quite right. I didn't think I would ever measure up.

Funny. Now that I'm all grown up, I know that all it takes to make my daddy happy is something as simple as bright pink toenails.

If you look closely at my fourth toe on my left foot, you'll see that it is completely bruised. I did this by twisting it in between two tiles on our bathroom floor. A grout injury, if you will. And my husband says I'm not graceful. Hmph.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Mamma DATE:Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 10:51:00 PM EDT Oh your heart is so big!!! One of the many reasons why I love you. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 11:01:00 PM EDT You made me cry. I'm so glad you are my daughter and my friend.
Love,
Mom
P.S. The color name now is "It's Greek to Me." Is that appropriate, or what? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous smash DATE:Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 11:30:00 PM EDT that's sweet, bird. it takes alot to bring a tear to my eye. success...again. xoxo

ok, i don't know how to do that stuff down there, so...

love,
ashley ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous smash DATE:Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 11:30:00 PM EDT You know, I'm a tough cookie. I don't really read blogs. But the few times I've read your posts, they've made me boohoo.my birdie bird. such a sweet sentiment. and you have pretty feet. xoxo. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bubblewench DATE:Monday, June 22, 2009 at 7:54:00 AM EDT Even with your bruised toe, you have very cute toes! That is so awesome you do that too! I like the color. Your dad's got good taste! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Becki DATE:Monday, June 22, 2009 at 9:31:00 AM EDT Dangerous grout!
Gorgeous tootsies :) And a very nice tribute. ----- --------