My Nail Tech

I was chatting with my nail tech last week.  I noticed that he had on a wedding ring, so I asked about his wife.  She’s in Vietnam, so he only gets to see her about once a year.

I expressed how difficult that must be.  “I’ve gotta make money somehow,” he said in broken English. 

His wife sends him mail with pictures of their son.  He showed me his latest of their 7 month old, Brian (who is absolutely adorable). 

“Do you like your job?” I asked.

“I get to practice my English,” he said.  “I’ve gotta make money somehow,” he repeated.

My heart broke for this man who lives in a different country than his wife – and has a son who’s growing up without a father. 

Needless to say, I gave him a bigger tip than usual.


~ by Serena on January 20, 2011.

One Response to “My Nail Tech”

  1. That is so touching, and sadly-probably many more people in his shoes! I will thinking about this post next time I get my nails done for sure!

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