Whenever I am home with Mom, we take respite at Salon Erin for a little ‘upkeep’—or as I like to say, “takin’ mama to the parlor”. Communicating through the power of human touch is a bonding moment I hold dear to my heart. I give her a pedicure, massage her feet and legs, and lather her up with her favorite lavender lotion. She usually wiggles her feet in anticipation and murmurs a few “ohhh that’s nice”, “awesome”, or “that’s exquisite” throughout the ‘session’. I look up every now and then to see her pitched forward with a broad grin, watching me as I work. The sparkle in her eyes says it all. Makes my day to know that the small gesture of a pedicure can be so fulfilling for her, and perhaps, just maybe, distract her from the other junk in our lives. — E
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