Friday, March 06, 2009

Ow, ow, owwww!

Like Hobbes pouncing on Calvin with one flying leap from the top of the stairs.(Arrrrrrrrrgggggggggh!)

Like Jerry chomping on Tom's tail. (Yowwwwwwwwwww!)

Like hitting your elbow on a hard, sharp edge when you least expect to. (ohhhhhhhhhhhhhoh)

That's how it was getting my eyebrows shaped. I was in a constant state of 'OWW'. Not a delicate Ouch, but a real 'OWWWWW'. Sure, many many many a woman gets it done without batting an eyelid. But either such a woman has really thick skin, or she just likes pain!!

Thread, thread, thread, pull, pull, pull, pluck, pluck, pluck.
Pluck is what you need, I tell you, to get your eyebrows done.

Why then?
Social pressures. Oh what a fickle world this is!

I determinedly avoided getting them done for the longest time and even for the 'specialest' of special occasions, but then finally caved in. The face clears up and looks a tad better, you know!

I also started grinning in between all the OWs -- and this is the thought that got me through -- in the sitcom Friends, Joey for some reason had ended up in a beautician's chair to get his eyebrows shaped. The moment she begins, his reaction is one of complete shock at the pain. Finally, he runs away from her with one eyebrow shaped and one eyebrow 'as is'. SO true.

Why oh why does everything that makes you 'better' have to be so difficult? Eyebrow plucking, waxing, exercising (there are days your body just won't move even, leave alone move quickly), staying away from frieds and sweets, waking up early to get that damn worm(!), cutting short a nice juicy chat on the phone to hit the bed early....the list is endless.

Does it all really 'build character' as Calvin's Dad says?

Why not just be a hairy, flabby, lethargic slob? Huh?

Oh wait, I know the answer.

It's ...............................................BECAUSE!


shyam said...

Threading is PAINFUL - the first time I ever got it done (first year college), tears were involuntarily streaming down my face until finally the beautician said "Nee periya ponnu dhaane ma, yenna ippadi crying"!

Waxing eyebrows is less painful... the downside being that you might accidentally get your entire eyebrow pulled out!

Teesu (very very Indian, very very good) said...

Eyebrowless-ness is scary allright. You should have told that beautician that periya ponnus have periya eyebrows, so periya pain:)

Radha said...

Heh - I still remember the first time Shyam took me to have my eyebrows done. I lasted through about half of ONE eyebrow, and then ran out and wouldn't go back in, no matter that I looked very odd... But I simply couldn't stand the pain. Period. Remember that Shyam was MAD at me for a while about that :P

Give me waxing any day - and I have my Nika to do it (ask Shyam how good Nika is :D)