Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Why I Shouldn't Play* Football

Darn it! I broke a nail when I (tried to) catch that ball!

Why I Should Play* Football

Because connecting with my son is so much more important than a perfect manicure.

Know what I mean?


* And by 'play,' of course I mean throw the ball, and attempt to catch it. No tackling involved.


gianna said...

of course that's what play means! he he he! now if you were a nail biter, it wouldn't even be an issue. But DON"T become a nail biter just for that reason!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen... I can soooo relate! Just passed a few with our little man last evening, though I must admit my nails are not as pretty as yours :o}

Blessings and much Joy,
Debby Ann

Irritable Mother said...

Gianna - I'm all for getting rid of my 'issues' but I think I'll take your advice and refrain from becoming a nail biter 'just for that reason.' *grin*

Debby Ann - Well, I only had my nails painted that day because I had a speaking engagment. And I have since cut ALL my nails so they more resemble the length of the broken one. They aren't so 'pretty' anymore. *sigh*
But I won't be afraid to throw the ball around now!

O Mom said...

I have long nails too, but I recently cut them all back because of a certain little baby I am watching a couple days a week, I kept seeming to poke him and I felt so bad. And yes it is definately worth it! :)

Edie said...

It's been so long since I had long, pretty, polished nails, even with three little girls around. I would much rather be playing with the girls than fussing over the nails.

Sara K. said...

You are funny, Karen!! :) While I do not have manicured nails, or even desire them, I do have other "stuff" that I don't want to get dirty or wrecked -- like just letting the boys pull all the cushions and pillows off the couches to make a huge pile for jumping into... just looks like a big mess to me... and some days it seems like all I do is clean up everybody's messes... but I decided it is more important for the boys to have fun and burn off some steam than for me to have a perfect rec room. :) Ahhh... the sacrifices of a mother... :) hahahaha

Ronel Sidney said...

Everytime I try to gorw my nails they break and my son tells me I should just keep them short :0( boring!!

Angie Muresan said...

Oh my, Karen! You have probably the prettiest manicure I've seen. Now, I'm embarrassed to even look at my fingernails.

Sara K. said...

Karen - I also wanted to say how thankful I am for these examples you share of how you "chose correctly" - basically choosing to die to yourself, for the sake of your family - even in seemingly insignificant things - which are actually pretty significant in the scheme of things. (Our kids will remember us hanging out with them!) Your stories are very good reminders to me - they stick in my head and lately when I'm in a situation where I need to choose, I am more apt to respond correctly - like my son asking me to play outside with him today (instead of me reading the mail). Yay!

Irritable Mother said...

O Mom - Another good reason to 'go short.' *grin*

Edie - Yeah, pretty much the only time I paint my nails is when I have a speaking engagement. But if I had more 'time' I would probably do it more often. Because I do like the look!

Sara - Yeah, getting over our 'stuff' is a good thing. I need to get better at that. (She says as she remembers grumbling over crumbs on the counter.)
BUT, regarding the crumbs on the counter, there is something to be said for teaching responsibility. Like picking up the cushions after the jump-fest. Right? *grin*

Ronel - I use a nail strengthening cream every night, made by 'Hard as Hoofs.' I really think it helps. My husband says it's all in my head, but I don't care. My nails are definitely stronger since I have used the cream. (Been using it for a couple of years now.)

Angie - Thank you. Some day I think it would be fun to get it done professionally, but for now I take care of it myself.

Sara - Yay, you!

Angie Muresan said...

You do??? It looks professionally done!

Irritable Mother said...

Angie - Yep. Just me and my favorite shade of Sally Hansen pink. *grin*