Lemme see ya han
A wha do yu?
(As he tries to rub it off)
Who said yu can cutex yu fingas?
Yu madda mek yu peint up yu finga nails?
(Then shouting to my mom in another room)
You let Ja-janna peint har fingas?
Who buy ar cutex?...
(Followed by more off hand comments about American children, wasting money, weird colors and fungus)
When he one day realized that I had been plucking my eyebrows it was a similar "conversation" only this time I was 23.
'Me see ya feas.
(Rubbing my eye brows as if that would make the hair magically grow back.)
Me neva know yu do dem things.
You show yu madda yu feas?
(Still trying to rub)
Yu sista never do dem ting yet!
Boy, I don't understand. Wha do your eye brows? What is there fi pluck? Yu nu have nutting fi do?
Pluck out yu eye brows... Cha...Why you always haffi fool roun wi dem ting and Yu sista neva do this! Where yu get these ting from?
(To which I answer 'What are you talking about. I pluck them for her')
Yu pluck out yu sisa eye-brow!?
Although we never had a conversation and I never asked for his opinion I could infer that what my dad was trying to say was that I didn't need all the crazy colors. I was fine without them. I still pluck my brows but it's been a long time since I've worn blue lagoon nail polish.
I asked a few father's to share some advice that they would give if or when their daughters got older. Some might make you laugh, some might make you cry. Check out a few of them below.
"Look as ugly as possible before 18.
After that, you can do as you please."
~ Gregory H.
"How old is this daughter of mine?...
Actually. No makeup until she's 15...
I'd probably say that she looks pretty with no make up...and she should try to keep it as natural as possible...not go too extravagant with it...to the point where she looks like a complete different person. Try to keep to lighter colors that don't pop out..."
~ Leonardo M.
"Speaking to my daughter about beauty will be nothing like today's society and its obsession with perfection and complete abandonment of natural. It doesn't take a lot to enhance or compliment any feature. As an architect, I'd relate this to the famous industry phrase, "less is more." She will always be beautiful in my eyes from her 1 year old self to her future teenager and into adulthood. The world should see that."
~ Jared S.
Shout out to all the dads out there! Maybe it's not a bad idea for us daughters to listen more often.
What advice did your dad's give you about beauty or any other topic that you would like to thank him for? Share in the comments below.