Over the holidays, my husband's and my performance schedule required some crazy schedule juggling and my taking kids to babysitters (or waiting for babysitters to arrive). While my girls are great sports, unusual schedules take their toll on the best of us so I tried to move us quickly from one event to the next without rushing. Unfortunately, my most careful planning didn't leave a lot of time for me to primp before concerts.
So, I would run into the bathroom before each show and put on some makeup. One night, I quickly curled my eyelashes and reached up to stroke them with the mascara wand. Whoops! I missed. Hm. Strange. I swiped and missed again. Uh-oh. I began to experience an uncomfortable sensation in the pit of my stomach. Then, I looked closely in the mirror.
There were no eyelashes in the middle of my left eye! I grabbed the eyelash curler and looked at it. Yup. I hadn't pulled out one or two eyelashes but ALL SIX of the eyelashes in the middle of my lid! All right, so I didn't have that many lashes to begin with - the loss of them was still profound. I realized I'd forgotten to clean the curler the last time I used it. Ok, let me be honest. I'm not very good at cleaning this tool at all, let alone each time I use it. But, I didn't have time to feel badly for too long because I had to go to my concert. So, I threw my stuff back in my makeup bag and left.
As if this wasn't bad enough, the next night at another concert, I repeated my quick turnaround and makeup routine. If you can believe it, I pulled out the same curler and proceeded to rip the eyelashes out of my other eye! I couldn't believe it. In a day, I'd managed to forget the horrible experience of the preceding night and completely decimate what remaining lashes I had! I looked in the mirror and assessed the damage. My eyes looked - naked - but at least they matched.
I'll leave it to you to decide what the moral of this story should be. Be happy with my eyelashes without curling them? Clean the curler? Leave more time to primp? Or, be willing to set new trends with bald eyes?
Regardless, I am happy to report that slowly but surely, my eyelashes are growing back.