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Nails for Henry

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Hi everyone! Whenever I go to an event, I usually try to wear my nails to either match my outfit or the theme for the event. Unfortunately, the opportunity isn’t always joyous. In this case my dear brother (from another mother) lost his life partner to cancer. The year following his diagnosis was challenging for Boogaloo, but he stood by Henry and cared for him until the moment he took his last breath. The doctors did not think he would survive until Christmas,  but he held on until just after Easter when he was finally released from his suffering. I was fortunate to be able to take time off work in order to attend Henry’s funeral service, which took place on Friday, 10 April at a Catholic church where Henry and Boogaloo lived in Swellendam.

Rudi and I drove the 2.5 hours to get to there. As it was during the day the kids could stay by the day mother and it also afforded Rudi and I some time alone together. The service was lovely and Boogaloo added beautiful touches. Each guest was presented with a laminated pamphlet and a pack of tissues as they entered the church. The pamphlet explained the proceedings, contained the lyrics to the hymns that would be sung and had letters written by family and frienda published in it.  On the back cover was a description of the rare type of cancer Henry had.

After the service we went to Boogaloo’s house and spent some time with him. Before we realized it the day had slipped away from us and it had gotten too late to collect the children before bedtime. The day mother graciously agreed to take care of the children overnight. The trip unexpectedly turned into a mini getaway. We departed early the next morning to fetch the children.

The funeral was really a celebration of Henry’s life. In honour of Henry I painted my nails in one of his favourite colours. The last time I did my nails for a funeral I stuck to a much more traditional/darker palette. This is what I came up with:

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The blue used here is essence electriiiiic. This polish is lovely and almost a one coater. The rhinestones are from Born Pretty Store. My ring nail is double stamped with the left bottom image on PUEEN 47 using essence black stampy polish and Tip Top Armour Plate. Everything is sealed in with a coat of Seche Vite.

What do you think of these? Would you wear bright, bold nails to a funeral?

Boogs, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Henry’s family. May he rest in peace x

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