Eight years since their moms got to know each other
In the maternity
So they've been friends since they were born.
Now it’s their 8th birthday and it’s Ioana’s.
The other girl will celebrate in just 3 more days.
All the girls gathered at Ioana’s place,
Their parents dressed them “elegantly”
In the school uniform.
They weren’t happy about that.
It was just a white shirt and blue skirt,
But it confused them why the need to be so…
Elegant among themselves.
Yet, they were used to the idea
To get dressed
For special occasions.
Even if the special occasion, the birthday, was just at home.
A bit confusing, but they accepted this dressing up without fuss.
Only Irina was wearing a yellow T-shirt
She stuck out among them
The girl whose mum was a stewardess,
The girl raised by her grandparents
The girl who’d eat bananas at all meals.
The 4 little girls decided to put on makeup.
Ioana and Cristina had all kind of nice things
Shiny things, nice smelling things, pink things
Things you only saw on Cartoon Network, never in a shop.
Their aunt would send them from France.
She had left just before the Revolution
She would send all kinds of toys and clothes and useful stuff.
When the girls were babies it was difficult to find Pampers in Romania.
Mariana the aunt would get them from social shops or from aids for poor people.
Cool clothes, dolls, Polly Pockets…everything smelled so incredibly nice.
Like candies, like cuteness
Like sugar, spice and everything nice.
So they also had children’s makeup that Mariana the aunt had sent.
The 4 little girls went all together in the bathroom.
Without any plan in advance. Spontaneous
They all used the green-blue palette.
They were just spontaneously painting their faces
And as that make up covered more and more of their faces,
The more satisfied they were
As if they had discovered something
As if they had done something forbidden
As if they were innovative and daring.
They put on crowns or Mickey’s ears.
They paraded and showed the parents
Photos were taken to never let it go.
Their blue faces looked a bit sinister
But what does that matter in front of the fun they had?