"Look", they say,"don't you think she needs to have her eyebrows tattooed?"
This question is asked, not once, but over and over again. Each and every time I go to the beauty shop. As each new client enters, they are brought over to come and scrutinize my nearly invisible eyebrows, then they all notice that with out mascara my eye lashes are also transparent and I should just go ahead and get the eyeliner tattooed on as well.
Obviously, they are not familiar with many redheads! I think they assume I am a mutant and just never realized that everyone else on the planet has nice, thick eyebrows and lush eye lashes.
The owners of the shop, a husband and wife, are very sweet and happen to attend one of the churches we are working in. This means the conversation gets carried over to the congregation. No client/ hair dresser privacy privileges here in Paraguay, it seems.
And as it would be, the wife has had all her make up permanently tattooed on ,
she does the tattoos for others! She wants to do my eyes. I tell her I can't spend that kind of money on such a thing, but now
... drum roll...
she tells me she will do it all for only '25 American dollars'!
She informs me of this offer in front of the entire shop. They are all so very happy for me! Now I can afford to get eyebrows and lashes! I no longer will go through life as a mutant and can join the human race,if I only submit to the tattoos!.
Now what? I imagine my fair, freckled face covered with garish Cleopatra like eyebrows and eyeliner!
What do I say????
The entire shop, employees as well as clients, are awaiting my decision...
I look around the room for inspiration.... help eludes me. My brain is stuck on one thing. Do you remember how as children we would swear to tell the truth, "So help me God!' or "Stick a needle in my eye!"?
"Its cheap" some tell me. "You must do it" say others. I want to cry... but then my eye makeup would run and they would see that I really don't have much in the way of eyebrows and lashes.
She then offers the coup de grace, she announces that she has decided that she will also do my lips! She has decided that not only will I have tattooed eyebrows and eyeliner, I will also have permanent tattooed lip liner. Her gift!
My mind conceives of one image, and one image alone!
Is this the to be the look of a new and improved Jungle Mom????