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I’m not criticizing the value of a manicure or pedicure. At least not at the moment.

If a manicure or pedicure makes a person happy, that’s a wonderful thing.

I’m not sure if I really believe this, but for now, I’ll stand by this statement so as to not confuse the issue. For now, here’s the question:

A friend told me that she was getting a manicure because she knows her husband likes it when her nails look good.

“Did your husband actually say this?” I asked.

“No,” she said. “But I know.”


I disagreed. While I’m sure that her husband thinks that pretty nails are pretty and finds his wife’s post-manicure appearance appealing, if given the choice between a wife with well-appointed nails or $35 (the price she quoted) and 90 additional minutes to spend with his wife, I think he (and most husbands) would choose the latter.

If you are getting a manicure because it makes you feel good, that’s great (at least for the sake of this post). But I have a hard time accepting the premise that most husbands (and spouses in general) would not choose the additional time and cash over the painted nails if given the option.

I think my friend is kissing herself if she believes that she is getting manicure for her husband and not herself.