Tuesday, March 24, 2009
DIAPER RASH and me
When you get a tat, the guy tells you how to care for the thing, and since you're not paying any attention to him because he is jabbing your arm with inky needles, which as I say, doesn't hurt, really, and he tells you what to do when you get home. Luckily there is a cheat sheet to hang on the fridge, and no exam.
Take off the bandage and use A and D ointment on it until it peels after day 4 or 5, when you switch to regular lotion for a couple of weeks.
Didja read that, A and D ointment? That's for baby diaper rash.
Remember Proust and his famous madelines? Smelling those cookies brought back a wave of memories? Smelling that A and D ointment brought back a wave of memories alright.
I have no kids but did some babysitting when I was teen, but don't recall ever using the stuff. But my nose remembers it for some reason, and I was walking around smelling like a baby with a rash. My cats, oddly, love the stuff and follow me around and cuddle into my lap and check out my arm and purr hugely.
Thursday I am side by side with Tom at the Cornell studio, smelling like baby diaper rash, then last Friday we get the call and go next door at 5 and Heidi and Jim pour the wine and we are enjoying the chitchat. Their cat Tiger is suddenly my best friend, in my lap, all over my arm like its catnip. Heidi sits near me on the couch, and I'm like:
'she's right next to my arm and I smell like a baby with a diaper rash!'.
I had some more wine and it no longer seemed to matter.
BTW, for my cracked and red winter potter hands???? A and D is damn helpful. At bedtime when only my wife could wrinkle her nose and try to place the smell...
Posted by Gary's third pottery blog at 7:43 AM