"Dominique? Where are you? Alex [that is his beloved] is at the movies with her friends, and I want you to join me for lunch. And then we could do something else. Something amazing. Something I've just discovered. You won't believe it."
"I'm so sorry. I'm in Rhode Island. I can't dash down there. What is it, anyway?"
"Pedicures! I'm going to get a pedicure. I've just discovered it. Have you ever had one? It is the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. Fantastic. They massage your feet. They scrape stuff off, but don't let them use the razors. They make everything soft. Just incredible. I can't believe how easily my socks go on now."
Well. I almost did dash down, I was so carried away by his enthusiasm. And no, I don't get pedicures. I'm not even sure I could sit still long enough. The few times I have gotten manicures I felt my nails were suffocating under their layer of plastic, and it made me anxious. But Byron got me thinking about that delicious feeling of being able to slide your toes up, down, into, or out of anything--without a snag.
So I welcome you to my Beauty of the Beach Salon, for Surf and Turf Pedicures. Free, too.
My feet always feel incredible by the end of the summer, and it is because I try to walk a couple of miles in the sand at least four or five times a week. After my conversation with Byron, I think this exercise can also count as getting a pedicure.
Then, toughen up your soles. This is important preparation for the future. Now, we all know that women should be doing Kegels, all the time, right? Okay, most of the time. If you don't know what those are, you are probably a man. Or a fifth grader. Think of walking barefoot as Kegels for your sole. Take it easy at first, but tread lightly over those half-buried rocks, flexing your toes. You should get to the point where you are able to pick up small stones with your toes. Soon, your feet will be ready to dance.