Let Me Show You My Kitten
Her job is a strange one, and no amount of description or debate can make it seem average. For years, I sorted things out down below on my own, then one day I decided that, like tiling, roofing, electrical work and landscaping, some things are considered a trade for a reason. Why? Because a professional will always do a better job than an untrained individual. Carlita deals with ladies’ privates all day, primping and preening and grooming things into fancy shapes. Her co-workers scamper about in short-shorts, little skirts, jeans that fit like candy wrappers. It’s impossible not to imagine them booking one another for appointments, although aesthetician etiquette might send them to the beauty parlour down the block, like not seeking legal advice from a colleague or sleeping with a friend.
It’s been a year since I first became acquainted with Carlita and her kisses. At first, I found the whole thing bizarre; now, I think it’s kind of cute. Like visiting a girlish fantasy land where the air smells pretty, everyone is giggly, and transactions are conducted in whispers. Rest assured, there is nothing sexy about bikini waxing–this is one of those instances where less is more. As in, the less you know about the mechanics, the more you are free to enjoy the results. And yet, each appointment is injected with a healthy dose of dirty.
For instance, the time Carlita offered to show me her kitten, then reached into the waistband of her jeans, pulled out her iPhone and scrolled through photos of her new cat. Or, when she asked if I wanted her to “do around back, too?” When I replied, “No thanks, no one sees back there these days,” she slapped my thigh with a brisk crack and called me saucy.
What? She’s the one who asked if I wanted my bum waxed, so if anyone deserves a slap, it surely isn’t me!