Picking the ears is an activity that requires keenness and gentleness. You direct your earbud, pen cap, matchstick, whatever you have, to your ear carefully and insert it. You turn your stick slowly and gently, stroking the walls smoothly as you get it wet with the sticky fluid in the hole. The sensations are often so strangely sweet that you will roll your eyes, close them, and even groan a little in pleasure, and thrust a little bit longer just because it feels good. It’s as if you’re making love.
Picking the nose, on the other hand, requires no such delicate attention. You push your finger into the nostril and dig for the semi-calcified mucus like you’re plowing a farm. You use your sharp nails if you have to. You excavate the dry sludge from within the nasal tunnels like you’re uprooting cassava. As you mine for it, you twist and turn your facial muscles while tilting your head at various angles to help the finger reach it’s destination. Sometimes the piece of snot is far up the nose you have to attempt extraction using different fingers before one of them finally gets the job done. As a rule, after a succesaful retrieval of the dry(ing) mucus, it is mandatory to look at it and examine it, for no reason, really, before discarding it.April 8, 2020 |