A Planned Coincidence
On the eve of my daughter’s 13th birthday we decorated her hands with mendhi. I wish I could take credit for timing this activity with her birthday, but I can’t. Let’s chalk this one up to a series of complicated events best labeled as… happenstance.
Last year we spent the Christmas holidays in New York. During an excursion to the Jackson Heights area, we bought a henna cone in one of the Indian shops. Although inexperienced in mendhi application, we decided to give it a try.
Once we returned from our vacation, the henna went straight into the refrigerator for prolonged storage. Occasionally while searching for condiments, I would re-discover the cone and make a mental note to use it before it went bad. Somehow I never got around to it. There it sat for almost four months – until disaster struck.
On a fine April morning (about five days ago), the light failed to come on when I opened the refrigerator door. My first thought: “gotta change that light bulb”. However, by the next day it was obvious that the old ice box was getting mighty warm. Alas, global warming had struck our fridge.
After several frustrating days of “We’re sorry ma’am, we don’t have any available service technicians” , I decided to clean out the fridge before it had a chance to become Gross. We had used up as much food as possible, but there was only so much we could do.
While remorsefully discarding wilted veggies, overly warm dairy products, and bottles of fermenting condiments , I came upon a little green cone. It had taken four months and a refrigeration malfunction, but it’s time had finally come. Despite my novice skills, I gave my daughter the royal treatment. We had a wonderful time and the memories will last – at least until the final stroke fades.
PS: The repair guy found no reason for the refrigerator malfunction, It was most likely a computer glitch. Apparently the fridge has more computer in it than this laptop I’m using. At least that’s what the repair man tells me.
PPS: I found several spellings for mendhi including mehndi, mehendi, and mehandi. I simply chose one and went with it.