Hello lovelies! I'm back from my vacation! Did you miss me? (Probably not) Now... on to today's blog post:
I wanted to do something nice for my mom during our visit this past weekend. We hardly get to see each other, so I wanted to choose something that was infused with “togetherness”. Mani/pedis, it is!
I called all over town to get an appointment. Most places were booked, thanks to the annual daddy/daughter dance. I finally got us an evening appointment—at 6pm, we were off!
My mom’s only had her nails done a handful of times, so it was a real treat for her. We were able to catch up in the small town salon; just her, me, and Miss Nail Lady.
After almost 4 hours, our fingers and toes were perfectly manicured.
“How much do I owe you?” I asked, handing over my debit card.
Miss Nail Lady looked at me for a second, then quietly said “Sorry... I don’t take debit cards.”
WHAT?! NO DEBIT CARDS?! AM I IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE?!
For over 10 years, I’ve rarely carried cash on me. Unless I was going on a toll road, or a vacation, the paper money stayed right where it needed to: the bank. I’ve never had an issue. My little blue card has always been run through and processed, sending me on my way, with newly-purchased goods in hand.
Granted, I live in heavily-populated Texas, so vendors don’t really have a choice. But in small town Kansas, I guess that’s the way things are done. You better believe I’ll ask next time.
But, back to the issue at hand: how would I pay this lovely woman, at 10pm on a Saturday?!
Luckily for me, my mom sensed this may be the case (both that it was a cash-only establishment, and that this “big city girl” wasn’t prepared), so she ducked out while I was getting my nails done, ran to the bank and pulled out some money.
Yes, mother does know best. Looks like she did something nice for ME, too.
Thanks, mom. :)
Do you carry cash, or rely on your debit card?