Within minutes of the kids arriving this past weekend, Sunflower dove into a complete makeover of her daddy, applying red lipstick to his mouth so heavily that I thought we would surely need a spatula and paint remover to scrape it all off. Gary sat good-naturedly and let her work her magic while the boys and I chuckled and cat-called.
Later, without removing his new look, Gary and the kids and I ran into the backyard to run around, chase each other, tackle Gary, and just have fun. While we were outside, our neighbor, a macho, truck-driving, motor-bike-racing guy, wandered over to the fence to say hi.
Forgetting his heavily applied red lipstick, Gary waved to him and sauntered up to the fence for a guy-to-guy talk. I tried not to laugh at the look on our neighbor’s face when he took in the full effect of Gary’s scarlet lips (and cheek, mustache, and chin, since Sunflower went for the heavy-handed look).
Finally I called out to Gary, “You may want to explain to him why you’re wearing red lipstick.”
Gary burst out laughing, said, “Oh yeah, I forgot about that,” then just went back to what he was saying, with no further explanation. Our neighbor glanced at me curiously, but since I was brandishing a large set of garish red lip prints on my cheek from Gary’s affections, I just smiled and waved.
Instead of being embarrassed, Gary wore his daughter’s new look proudly. It was a funny moment, but also a sweet moment, and one of the reasons I love him so much: the kids are everything to him, and if Sunflower wanted him to wear red lips, well, then he would!
Consider this a word to the wise and a heads up for any fellas out there considering rocking the red-lipstick look: Gary has discovered that red lipstick does not wash out easily from a goatee and mustache!