(This is my idea of a perfect place to shop!)
Don’t you just love shopping??? Perhaps YOU do, but I actually hate shopping for anything, under any circumstances, any time of the year, for any reason at all. So there are certain times of the year that wear me out . . . . Christmas being probably the time of year that really makes me stress out, but back-to-school is a pretty close second. But I do it anyway, because that’s important to my girls, so off we went TO. THE. MALL. I hate malls, too, because they make me feel claustrophobic, and the noise, chaos, and the thought of spending money makes me really kind of weird. More so than usual.
And with two teenage girls in tow, it was bound to get rather overwhelming. One is a quick-witted Fashion Diva and the other is more like me . . . . clothes? Just put something on and move along, there’s nothing to see here. So in one situation there was running commentary about how we absolutely NEED this and that and the one over there and two more just like it in the next store, and we need to go back three stores ago to get that dress I looked at that I absolutely must have – and the other situation (all going on at the same time, of course) is a vision of obstruction. Foot dragging, sighing, drooping shoulders, mumbling under her breath, “Can’t we just go home now?” And I’m the Mama in the Middle of all this cuckoo stuff, trying to accomplish something that doesn’t break the budget, and (indeed!) go home now.
(First Day of School September 2008)
Of course we survived and finally arrived back home about 10:00 p.m. and collapsed. Well, at least, I did, but they stayed up talking about their treasures, with Big Sister telling Little Sister what shirt she needed to wear with which jeans, or how unbelievably UGLY that skirt would look with that top . . . all kind of information that escapes me completely. It was finally the First Day of School and we all lived to tell about it. I’m pretty confident that no one is going to have a melt down over what to wear or what not to wear, but this Mama just might need a nap!
(First Day of School August 2017)
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