Perhaps nobody extolled the virtues of relaxation better than physicist Fritjof Capra, who said “During periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight.” What?? I think that means - ya need to take a break from work now and then and have some fun!! Could there be a better reason to draw a bath, turn on your steam shower, or make an appointment at your neighborhood spa??
Well that is what I thought - so I visited one of my favorite nail salons in a nearby city. Sometimes it is just nice to be spontaneous and not have to have an appointment. So . . . I apologize to the home town salons - who require call ahead scheduling - but this was a "me" day and I'm worth it! :)
And the things you learn at the beauty parlor . . .
The owners of my favorite clean and tidy spa with the little pink butterfly chairs for little girls turns, are Vietnamese men. They are great guys - very friendly and fun and very good at their job. Usually I'm not there for conversation but instead to close my eyes and soak up the spoilin' - but today I got involved and learned some fun things about another place and time!
Did you know that today Sunday, Feb. 10th begins the Vietnamese New Year?
I learned that the people spend days cleaning their homes and polishing utensils, repainting and decorating to get ready. They don't celebrate Christmas or New Years as we in the USA do but their New Year is important to them. It is desired to have all of your debts paid before the new year comes in and to resolve all arguments amongst friends and family. Then they can hope to have a great next year!
I asked them what they do to celebrate and they laughed and shared that they mostly eat good food and gamble with "lucky money"! I also learned that the young kids receive more lucky money than the older folks do! My salon friend named Long laughs that as a kid he could get 200.00 lucky money - but now that he is grown up - not so much money he said. Lucky money was given to the children in little red envelopes . . .