A simple pleasure

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Sailing in Santa Barbara with my daughter on a friend’s boat.

Yesterday I got a pedicure. I last got one during our beach vacation in August. My daughter and I used to get pedicures together. It was a ritual that we loved, sitting side by side getting pampered. I’d read a book, she was on her phone. Although we weren’t talking much, I look back on those memories with tenderness.

Even when she went to college, we’d make time for pedicures when she’d be home for vacation. Or, if I was visiting her for a swim meet, we’d get pedicures together.

Then the pandemic hit and the nail salon by our house closed. Since I moved away, I’m not sure if it ever reopened. So many small businesses closed forever. I’ve had two pedicures since COVID hit.

Yesterday was a treat to be pampered. But it was bittersweet. I missed my daughter sitting by my side.

Do you have any simple pleasures with your loved ones? What do you like to do together?

17 thoughts on “A simple pleasure

  1. My youngest and I both love older homes- like early 1900’s Victorians and such. We always went every year to the many local home tours in historic parts of our state. Then Covid…then she moved to Colorado 🙁

      • It’s just not the same is it. I keep hoping mine will return this way at some point. She really misses this area.

      • My daughter lived in AZ for one year, but didn’t like it. She hopes to return to So Cal, which would be six hours closer to us. I hope your daughter returns, too.

  2. I just spent the weekend with my daughter. Theater. Museums. Zoos. Book stores. There are always places we want to go together!! My husband and I play backgammon.

  3. Great pic and what a fun thing to do. Sailing on the water.
    Pedicures are fun too.
    Love special times with family! ❤

  4. A few months ago I took both my daughters, my son’s girlfriend, and myself for pedicures. My second since the pandemic too! It was fabulous! I like to go on long walks with my girls, watch movies, and enjoy long dinners on the patio! You and your daughter are adorable. Love the smiles. Hugs, C

    • It’s such an sweet time to be together during a pedicure. It’s like we’re both encouraging self care and loving the pampering. My daughter and I love walking and watching Gilmore Girls. Mother daughter connections ❤️❤️

  5. Wonderful photo. It is nice having rituals with our daughters. As they are older and when they get boyfriends the rituals keep changing. For example, my daughter and I enjoy meeting up and shopping at Trader Joe’s together now, getting lunch, etc. It’s fun!

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