One time my friend Erika said something nice to me. (Actually a lot more than once, I just want to tell you about one of those times…)
It was a small compliment. But it made me feel oh so good.
We were in grad school and I had just painted my fingernails with my newest shade– OPI’s Pamplona Purple. (Small pleasures, you know…)
And my friend Erika… she told me she liked it!
And not just that, she told me that it was the “perfect shade of purple” and asked me for the name.
I didn’t invent the color. I only even picked it because I thought the name was cool. But I still felt so much pride in my pretty purple fingers. I felt so good!
It was seriously such a small, itty, bitty, likely not even terribly well thought out compliment. And yet, I still remember it… several years later.
I thought about that compliment on Saturday as I removed the remaining bits of my silver sparkles from the crazy week before and put on a couple coats of vibrant, shiny, Pamplona Purple– fingers and toes!!
Here, I’ll show you:
Kidding! Those totally aren’t my nails! This is the cool way to show off a manicure though– perfectly painted fingers wrapped around the bottle.
I’ve also seen it this way:
Perfectly manicured nails wrapped around something pretty and similar in color. But those are (obviously) also not my nails.
These… these are my nails:
I wrapped my pretty purple nails around my pretty purple monkey. Just like on the rest of the internet. Because I’m cool like that. And because Erika made me feel nice when I painted my nails like this the first time.
Amazing what such a small thing can do for you, isn’t it? You never really know when that nice thing you’re thinking could be exactly the nice thing someone needs to hear. And if you do let it out– maybe it’ll be something worth remembering in a year or two or five when that person needs a little pick-me-up.
Anyway, I’d love to stay and chat, but I’m watching Crazy, Stupid, Love. and it’s almost the part of the movie where Cal realizes his daughter is the girl Jacob is dating and a big, hilarious, four-man, backyard brawl breaks out. I love this part, it’s too funny. So I better watch it. And if you haven’t seen Crazy, Stupid, Love. you should really consider watching it too! (And I turned it on right before Jacob took his shirt off, double bonus. It wasn’t until I saw this that I got the Ryan Gossling “Hey Girl” Pinterest phenomenon. I totally get it now.)
5 thoughts on “An old compliment, a new manicure. Also, a purple monkey.”
Thank you for making my day! Actually, you pretty much made my 2014. And that IS the perfect shade of purple, as exemplifies by both your nails and your monkey! Hugs, E
Ahhh! I made your day?! It’s come full circle!!! Thank you, OPI!
Awesome color! I love the names that OPI comes up with, too 🙂
They’re the best. I annoy my mom so much when I’m picking out a color because I spend the whole time looking at the bottom of the bottles and the names!
Yes! Words! They matter! My new life’s focus