Why I Don’t Wear Make-Up
I don’t know how or where “No Make-up Mondays” originated.
Girls and women are encouraged to forgo make-up on Mondays and post bare-faced pictures of themselves on social media. Sports Illustrated models Brooklyn Decker, Chrissy Teigen and Julie Henderson, among other celebrities, have tweeted pictures of themselves sans make-up for the movement. The news anchors for the Today show braved an hour of live television without make-up to talk about body image. (And promptly ran backstage to be made up at the end of the hour).
In September of 2010, the website nomoredirtylooks.com listed the following rules for No Make-up Mondays: “No mascara, no lipstick, no blush, no foundation, no nothing. But we’re making a small exception for a little concealer if you have a zit or two you want to hide.”
A Map to the Way Back - Part II of II
We walk back across the bluff. The sisters, and their balloons, are gone. The bouquet is tied to the fence. We are quiet as we return to the car and drive to Gosman’s Dock for a late lunch.
Gosman’s was Mom’s favorite restaurant in Montauk. The fishing boats unload their catches nearby and Gosman’s reaps the benefits of the freshest seafood available.
Erin and I sit at an outdoor table under an umbrella, looking at all the moms, their husbands and kids surrounding us. We are not sad (I tell myself). We are healing (I pretend). I have no regrets (I lie).
Afterward we walk around the beach and dock, browsing in a shop that sells shells and candles, beach wood frames and Montauk maps.
Erin returns from a back room and rushes up to me with a journal in her hands.
A Map to the Way Back - Part I of II
My earliest memories are of Montauk:
Pine needles and pine cones.
Walking barefoot in ankle-deep grass.
The hot sand of the dunes between my toes.
The salty smell of the ocean and the chlorine of the pool.
Pink flowers tucked behind my ear.
Foghorns blaring. Waves like thunderclap.
Flying kites on top of a hill.
Mom laughing, trying to push Chris through the sand in his stroller.