Yesterday afternoon, my five-year-old granddaughter asked to paint my toes and nails. We’d had an exciting afternoon playing Princess Memory, chatting about her preschool, her friends, and exchanged lots of hugs. The pedis and manicures were to be our finale before dinner.
She’s so organized. Before I had time to think about what I’d agreed to, she had magazines spread out on her bathroom floor and twelve bottles of nail polish lined up according to color. And oh, the colors—from lemon yellow to lime green to rose pink. I think she’d done this before. Because I’d lost at Princess Memory, I got to have my toes and nails done first. I glanced down at my perfect toes, for which my pedicure was a week old, and persuaded her to paint a flower on each big toe. Huge yellow petals with green centers gave my big toes a flair all their own. My nails were another issue. She used “magic” liquid to remove my color, and soon my nails became an artist’s palette. Flowers, and zebras and leopards and butterflies and polka-dots glistened like gems. Beautiful. Breathtaking. She decided to paint her own nails and toes, and we were a matched pair. Her daddy took pictures, so we’d never forget.
The adventure was fun, and I wondered if the heroine from my romantic suspense novel, The Chase, would have sat on the bathroom floor with us. I think she’d have been right there. We’d have scooted over and giggled about her choice of colors. Even let her get in the picture.
I love writing about a heroine who knows how to have fun. She can laugh when the bad guy thinks he won—or when she turns over a bottle of candy-apple red nail polish. She has courage and a sense of humor, displays a bit of stubbornness, and has a knack for getting into trouble. My FBI agent hero can’t resist her. When he’s not trying to keep her out of trouble, he’s trying to convince himself that she doesn’t have a place in his heart. It doesn’t work.
They banter and argue, share ice cream and a motorcycle ride. Now, how much fun is that?
My point is to have a little fun. Pretend you’re a kid again and forget about the messiness of life. With a little “magic” liquid, even the worst of stains are gone. What have you done to put a little fun in your life?
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