Re: questions from a reporter

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Posted by Maureen on October 13, 2002 at 04:19:56:

In reply to: questions from a reporter posted by Natasha Papousek on October 11, 2002 at 23:56:17:

: --Any experiences with bad henna?
The first henna powder I ever purchased was excellent. So I thought
that all henna powder was the same. I invited a group of people over
so I could play with my brand new toy, henna powder. Spent the
evening going through lots of hands and feet with little designs and
symbols and telling people who had mostly never heard of henna powder
what this was going to look like the next day. Next day I had no
stain and neither did anyone else. People were sort of patting me on
the head and telling me that it was all right. I was embarrassed and
totally befuddled. Taught me about testing the powder/paste before
going through all of that effort.

: --What's your best memory of applying henna?
The best is hard to choose. The one that brought the biggest smile
to someone else's face: My little neighbor, Paulie, who was just
turning 4 when he first saw a henna design as I applied it to his
mother and then throughout the life of the stain. Thereafter he
would always ask for me to give him a design. I wouldn't because of
his age. On his 5th birthday I was finally able to give him his
henna on each palm and one on the back of each hand.
Just some line drawings of cartoon like figures that he liked. His
smiles and giggles and hugs and enthusiasm was wonderful to watch.
But that first loo on his face was like he had just received the most
wonderful and special thing in the world. His eyes went so soft and
precious while he had the biggest most devilish grin imaginable.

: --Your worst?
Only worst because it was probably the most difficult. During a
therapeutic arts workshop using henna, one of the participants came
in with some examples of some really tricky and intricate designs
that she wanted. Everyone there would do their own design or that of
someone they would partner up with. She wouldn't partner with
anyone. She kept trying to apply her own design and then would wipe
it off immediately. I knew the paste was going to stain even though
she couldn't see it immediately and didn't appear to believe it when
told. Finally, she asked me to do it for her. I said OK. Then
found out why she wouldn't partner up. She didn't want to be
touched. I was trying to do one of her intricate designs without
touching her. I could get no leverage, her hand was shaking because
she was trying to endure my closeness, she was supervising the
placement of every line, she kept trying to wipe the lines off and I
wouldn't let her, she was getting mad at me...and I knew that even
when I finished and the paste had done its work that she was going to
have one big brown stain because of the repeated application and
wiping off she did. I had to reconcile with the fact that her work
and challenge that evening was just to find a way to cope with almost
being touched...allowing the thread of paste to connect her to
another person.

: --Funniest?
The woman who came for a cuff design and anklet and then decided she
wanted a design on both palms too. I did the designs and sent her on
her way happy with her designs and both hands wrapped. She came back
a couple of minutes later looking quizzical. I asked what was
wrong. She said she did not know what she was thinking. She had
driven to the shop and had a hour and a half drive back home which
may not have been TOO bad if her car hadn't been a shift stick. I
suggested we take the wrapping off but I had so thoroughly convinced
her the wrapping was necessary that she declined and was determined
that she was going to be able to get home with her wrapping in
place. She called her husband to come and pick her up. He got there
two hours later. They left. They came back the next day for her
car. Nice design and coloring. He was not impressed...LOL!!! When
he came to pick her up, the look he gave me was to kill and the look
he gave her was like, "I can't believe this sh*t!!! I got the
feeling that he catered to her whims a lot...LOL!!!


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