Coffee and lipstick in the morning are a requirement for my mom and me. We start our mornings with a cup of coffee and get ready for the day. Then I haul everything out to the car, purses, my mom’s tote bag, her cane, 2 little pillows, her mittens, and coat. I fight off the dogs as I go in and out of the gate. Then it is back inside of the house to finish up my hair, grab another cup of coffee, throw food at the dogs and cats and help my mom down the ramp and out to the car with her walker. Getting her in the car without hurting her legs is never easy and I often fail at it. Many times she ends up crying because her arthritis hurts so bad. I help her buckle her seatbelt and throw her walker in the back seat. Then we are off to my brother’s house for her and work for me.
We have only been doing this for a couple of months, but have settled into a comfortable routine. We share a cup of coffee as we get onto the freeway. I have many comments about other people’s driving on the way, of course. Usually there is a Christian Radio Station on as we both enjoy it. It is our “church in the car” time. It also helps me not to “murder people in my heart” for their terrible driving practices!
After a few minutes my mom usually asks me, “Do you have your makeup on?” I usually say,” not yet” and fumble around for my Mary Kay foundation while driving. My mom tried to help, sometimes finding it before I do. She then takes off the cap and hands it to me. I start globbing it on my face in little dots here and there and smoothing it in until I am satisfied. All of this while driving on the freeway, glancing back and forth from my face in the mirror to the road ahead of me and behind. Shame on me, I know this is not a good idea. Putting on make up and driving is definately not a good idea. But I do it anyway. I love to put on make up in the car. Must be the natural daylight that I like.
After I am done with foundation, I begin with mascara and then we finish the last of the coffee. Lip gloss is next. That is when my mom starts putting on her lipstick also. She is so cute putting that pink lipstick on. I still love to watch her , something that began when I was a little girl. She seems to do it with a little flair.
That is about the time I usually am off of the freeway. That is when, this morning, I run a yellow light because I am so intent on how good this color of lip gloss looks on me. Thank God, I ran it safely! Still, wake up call. Must be careful. Must be careful not to hit another car. Must be careful not to smear your lipstick either!
This has become a little ritual of ours since traveling together in the mornings. I am find it somehow comforting, putting on make up in the morning with my mom while driving down the road together. Some mornings our time is sweet together. Some are grouchy, but not too many. Mostly it is a time I look forward to spending with my mom. Sharing a cup of coffee and our lipstick is a nice way to begin the day.