Yani is supposed to be hard at work on things that are not this blog. Instead she has done her laundry, folded her laundry, put away her laundry (NEVER gets done at the same time as doing it), uncorked some wine, washed and eaten some strawberries and stared meaningfully out the window at the building tops and trees in the distance.
Then, just as she really needed to get her ass back to work, this text from her friend Ivy showed up and brought her endless delight and more reason to procastinate.
“How much money would it take to cover your neck in baby powder and go to work?”
If you read this and instantly knew what Ivy was talking about, you are Black or grew up around Black people. And if so, Yani needs you to answer some questions:
1. Does the baby powder-in-the-summer trick really stave off dampness?
2. Why does it have to be visible? Couldn’t it do the trick on covered places?
3. Do other races of people do this?
Yani’s always wanted to know, her Mom never doused her in talc so she’s just had to wonder.