I survived. Barely. You moms know what I'm talking about. The annual Back-To-School shopping trip with your kids. The one where you're so sick of shopping by the end of the day you don't even look at the prices anymore and just say, "Get it and let's go!" so you can get the heck out of the mall! Apparently this August pilgrimage doesn't end when they graduate from high school. Oh, no, it actually gets worse. Because now you get to shop for stuff for the new apartment your college age child is moving into after the dorm, you know, the one that comes unfurnished!
In addition to buying household products and small appliances to compliment all my old pots and pans and the newly shipped loft bed, we were on a mission to outfit the oldest for the triathlon team she's joining--new running shoes, bike gear (don't get me started on the price of a road bike) etc. etc. And the youngest was pointing out in every store we entered that, in addition to school clothes, she has no shorts since she grew out of all hers and gave them to her older sister.
But could I just sit on a bench and patiently wait while this frenzy of shopping played out. Uh, no. Because over time, my girls have learned I apparently know them better than they know themselves and have an eye for fashion. The stuff they choose goes unworn in their closets. The clothes I buy as gifts become favorites. No, I'm not a fashion plate (I wear nothing but jeans and sweats...much to their chagrin) but I'm a pro at picking clothes they actually like and will wear. So, while they lounge in the dressing room, I run back and forth bringing them my top picks to try on.
Yeah, I should have had a career as a personal shopper.
But, I survived the ten hour ordeal and returned to tell the tale. Lighter of pocket (thought to be fair they did buy some of the stuff with their own hard earned cash) and with happy daughters. So, do you love shopping, or (like me) would you rather pour honey over your entire body and lay on an ant hill? Let's hear your back-to-school shopping horror stories...
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