Let’s say you are at a social event. You may or may not know anyone there. That’s okay. You eventually hit your stride and work the room. You meet some nice people you would like to get to know better. You meet some potential clients. You meet your spouse’s boss. On the way home you may find yourself reflecting on your social acumen.
Until you get home…
and look in the mirror.
It doesn’t matter what it is that has been stuck to your face. It could be mascara that has worked its way down your cheeks. Maybe some lipstick on your front teeth? Or worse, in my opinion, some mucus that has deftly and subtly dried strategically around the perimeter of one of your nostrils and has now come slightly loose. It is hanging off your nose just enough to be noticeable. How long has it been there? NO. SERIOUSLY. HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN THERE?!?!
This is why everyone needs a good Monkey Friend. You know, the person who will step up to the plate and discreetly tell you that something is up with your face and/or body that needs attending to? Good girl code means being a Monkey Friend sometimes. In fact, you can be a Monkey Friend to someone you have never met before. There was a time when I was a Monkey Friend to someone I didn’t care for.* It doesn’t matter if you like the person or not! Those Rhesus monkeys don’t think twice about picking lice off each other (and eating them by the way – gross). And guess what? Their species is healthier for it!
So the next time you find yourself in a situation where you could be a good Monkey Friend to someone in need consider shunning convention and help a sister out.
*If you are the person I Monkey Friended this morning in the school parking lot- I like you. I am not talking about you.