It happened – again. I nicked myself while shaving my head. Immediately I found the Nick Relief stick and generously applied it to the cut. It stopped bleeding, but the cut was visible. I was self-conscious and sure people gawked at my head all day, kinda like how people stare at a large cold sore on your mouth. Fortunately, the evidence of the accident soon disappeared.
Libby wasn’t as fortunate with her accident.
It was February and the screen door wouldn’t shut tight. Libby pulled hard to close it – apparently too hard. The door broke and the handle snapped off, snagging her pinky finger. As a nurse, she knew it required a doctor.
The hand surgeon couldn’t restore the finger. In March, part of her pinky finger was amputated.
Libby, and her sweetheart Matt, enjoy watching TV together just before bedtime. Often, Libby uses these moments to give herself a manicure and paint her nails.
One evening, while laughing their way through a comedy, Libby began applying sea foam green polish to her fingernails, working from her right pinky finger leftward. She finished her ring-fingernail and reached to apply polish to the missing pinky. Her face registered the loss.
Sensing her disappointment, Matt reached over, offering his left pinky as a stand in for the missing fingernail. It touched Libby deeply.
Now it’s their tradition. Each week Libby paints 10 matching fingernails, including her “surrogate” left pinky. Matt likes it because the colored nail constantly reminds him of his sweetheart.
This small gesture by Matt:
- Expresses his affection for Libby,
- Creates special moments,
- Celebrates their relationship, and
- Creates shared memories.
You might not need to become a surrogate pinky finger. But what small, romantic gesture could you give your sweetheart today that meets the definition of romance? Hmmm. Something to think about. Robert