Have you ever felt naked in front of everyone? I did. I went to Sunday mass yesterday all by myself feeling strangely exposed. That’s because I wasn’t able to wear earrings. You heard that right. I felt so vulnerable being seen in public places without earrings. I couldn’t go inside our bedroom to look for a pair of studs because my son might see me, and I wouldn’t be able to leave the house if he did. And so reluctantly I left the house, feeling uneasy on my way to church and during the one-hour mass. Nope, I’m not really materialistic or anything, but there are things I simply can’t do without, especially when I’m out of the house.
For one, I can’t leave the house without dabbing pressed powder on my face and putting on lipstick. This is actually part of good grooming for me. I always believe in making a good first impression, and what better way to impress but to look presentable at all times. Besides, I look pale without lipstick, so that’s another reason I make sure I apply lipstick before going out.
Next, I can’t leave the house without my eyeglasses for obvious reasons. I have been donning eyeglasses since I was in high school. Without eyeglasses, I can’t really see far and wide, so that won’t really get me anywhere. As Velma in Johnny Bravo says, “My glasses! I can’t see without my glasses!”
Third, I can’t step out of the house without a watch. In fact, I used to sleep with my watch on. This gives me easy access to time, which is quite important for a working mom like me. Since I have to juggle a full-time job and homemaking, including taking care of the baby, I need to always know the time, so yes, watch is an important accessory for me.
Finally, I can’t leave the house without wearing a pair of earrings. I don’t really have a logical explanation for this other than I got used to wearing earrings ever since I can remember that it has become automatic for me to don a pair whenever I have to go out of the house. I don’t know, I just feel so incomplete without them.
So, there, these are my idiosyncracies? What about yours?