Blue nails | Front Porch | Indy Week
Pin It

Blue nails 

It's 11 a.m. on a Saturday and the meeting room at the Glendale Heights United Methodist Church in Durham is awash in Cub Scouts. Troop Number 476 is holding its annual "Pinewood Derby" race. A row of freshly painted wooden vehicles that look like Matchbox cars on steroids are poised atop a sloping track that runs the length of the room. At the finish line, a red light on a black box blinks once for the winner, twice for the second-place finisher and three times for the loser in each heat.

We've come to see my son's friend, Raymond, race his lucky "Silver Bullet." Looking around at the blur of blue uniforms, "God Bless America" T-shirts and paper cups brimming with Coca-Cola, we settle in for some good, clean family fun.

And then I remember: My 4-year-old is wearing blue polish on his nails.

The kids at his daycare center often paint on nail polish for fun--boys as well as girls. But somehow, I don't think his fashion choice is going to go over very well in this crowd.

In the end, nobody seems to notice or much care, until one of the Cubs leans down and whispers to my son, "When you join up, you can't wear nail polish or they'll laugh at you."

I wait for his face to fall or redden, but none of that happens. Instead, he leaps happily from his seat and begins to pound his blue-nailed hands together for the latest winner--like any another macho Scout-wannabe.

His innocence melts my heart like a race car tire in a skid. While the crowd erupts in cheers for the drivers, I inwardly pump a fist for the right to stay comfortable in our own skins.

Latest in Front Porch

More by Barbara Solow

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Front Porch

  • One vote

    • Nov 12, 2014
  • Box of one

    Was I paying to be helped or to feel important, a bona fide expert on only myself?
    • Sep 24, 2014
  • The Old South (Hills)

    The Old South (Hills)

    • Sep 17, 2014
  • More »


Twitter Activity

Comments

Would anyone mind telling me if Gov School is LGBT+ friendly? I'm hoping to apply, but I'm afraid my orientation …

by Randie Rose on Governor's School blues (Front Porch)

'Anna Lee' is a truly beautiful song, Ms Dossett. And I love Levon Helm's rendition. You are blessed with a …

by Byron Miller on A song for Levon (Front Porch)

Most Read

  1. Not a Lot of Nazi Statues in Berlin (Letters to the Editor)

Most Recent Comments

Would anyone mind telling me if Gov School is LGBT+ friendly? I'm hoping to apply, but I'm afraid my orientation …

by Randie Rose on Governor's School blues (Front Porch)

'Anna Lee' is a truly beautiful song, Ms Dossett. And I love Levon Helm's rendition. You are blessed with a …

by Byron Miller on A song for Levon (Front Porch)

Just now seeing this....Liz and I were super close friends in the early 80s. She was so special. I had …

by RoBert 1 on In memoriam: Liz Holm, 1959–2013 (Front Porch)

Nobody will be surprised to learn that Hocutt never went to Nam. He was in the Navy but washed out …

by Jefflenter on Raleigh bad boy no more (Front Porch)

I see his concern. Yes, it was a well written story and showed his caring side for sure. But not …

by Linda Bates Terrell on Motorcycle men (Front Porch)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation