I hadn't worn mascara on a regular basis since before my son was born, like 10 years ago. I do wear makeup, but when kids entered the picture, putting on mascara took too much time and effort. When you're sleep-deprived, it's downright dangerous. I didn't need any help emphasizing those dark circles under my eyes.
Now that both of my kids are in school for a decent chunk of the day, I find that I have a bit more time for doing things I used to do, before kids, like putting on mascara. It's a frivolous thing to even mention, isn't it? Shouldn't I be spending those extra minutes cleaning my house? Volunteering at a homeless shelter? Getting that compost bin started?
But the thing is, wearing mascara makes me feel like I'm reclaiming a bit of my old life, when I was not just a mom, when I had a career and I traveled and my husband and I were able to have uninterrupted conversations. It makes me feel, well, pretty and put-together. It gives me a little boost in confidence. And, hey, a waiter actually flirted with me yesterday!
All of that from my little pink-and-green bottle of eye makeup.
Do you wear mascara?