a note on fingernails
January 20, 2011
I thought about false nails this morning as I was cutting my nails back to their standard short-ish length.
I thought about all the things I couldn’t do or do well if I had false nails again. I did have them once when I was in college. I learned to do things like typing and dialing the phone with them but they weren’t for me. They never felt right.
The things that I wouldn’t be able to do or do as well would include cooking (a very “use your hands” activity if you do it right… especially baking) and I can’t even imaging picking up a bead or a few dozen if my nails weren’t short. I used to play with clay and that was close to impossible with false nails…. I wonder if I should take that up again.
But the real thought I had, was how these very strong, very long nails seem to remove you from the tactile senses. Adding a buffer between your hands and the world.
And that’s what I was thinking this morning.