I think that the culture shock that hit the hardest when I moved back to the states was going to the nail salon for my first pedicure. The massage was mediocre and when they painted my toes, the only nail art they could offer was a little flower that with a dotting tool I could accomplish on my own. They even wanted to CHARGE me $5 for any additional art. No WAY…As I left from my pedi, I was so incredibly let down as I stared at my naked toes.
I was never really in to “nail art” until Okinawa. In fact, I used to turn my nose up to any sort of nail art…this is clearly a lesson in “NEVER say NEVER”. As a military spouse, you come to love a good sponsor. Upon arrival in my new foreign land, my sponsor told me of a magical little place where the pedicures were nothing more than a miracle cure for whatever ails you. I was intrigued by all the detailed toe art but just knew it was something that I could not pull off.
My very first visit to Cocok’s I was hooked! Not only was it the best, most relaxing pedicure that I’d ever had, they did nail art for the same price as a regular pedicure. Now, when I say “art”, I’m really not kidding. The “artists” are trained for over a year before they can see their very first client. Their samples to choose from are essentially in a catalog (bigger than the fall issues of Vogue, Cosmo, etc.) but if none of them suit you, you can actually take a picture in and they will design based on the picture!
I grew to love my “therapy sessions” at Cocok’s, as did all of my girlfriends. Not only was it a safe refuge where you could recharge, and walk out with the a gentle reminder of all things good…I mean, how could you not be happy when you looked down at your feet?! It was also a place where you could go with a group of your besties for a girls day out. You could take a friend when either of you are going through tough times (ahhhh ~ deployment ROCKS, <sigh>). It was a place of celebration and always something new.
I don’t know if I’ll ever have the art work on my tootsies like I had there, but it did give me food for thought on how I might challenge myself to create my own form of expressive art. Stay tuned for what transpired from that experience, and consider treating yourself and maybe a girlfriend. We all deserve to be happy from the feet up!
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