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Marriage Interrogation at the Nail Salon


Manicurist, speaking English slowly:
How many children do you have?

Me, startled out of a foot massage stupor:
Uh… (I make the sign zero with my hand not soaking in water.)

Are you married?

Me, looking around at the women close beside me. I don’t want to be having this conversation:
Uh… (I shake my head no)

Manicurist, getting insistent:
Have you ever been married?

Me (I can’t believe this is happening. I shake my head no.)

Manicurist, raising her voice in disbelief: