Like so many children do, I can blame it on my mother.
She always bought me an Easter outfit with new shiny patent leather shoes. Of course there was a hat for church and gloves too. Always. This was my “good” summer outfit expected to last until it got too cold in the fall.
In a good year, there would be a corsage for Easter day. I was expected to stay clean and neat all day. No scuffing the shoes! That’s a tall order for a kid.
I still love patent leather shoes and all things shiny.
Today I went to the mall to do my “Easter shopping” and get some retail therapy. Retail therapy is therapeutic and soothing. I am a very tactile person and just love to touch pretty things. No, that is not creepy!
People who shop during the weekday are different from the weekend crowd. It’s an odd collection of young ethnic couples sometimes with strollers, kids who snuck out of school, old grannies and me.
Really, I don’t belong in the old granny group even though I am one. My hair is not purplish gray with a tight perm. I am not wearing a sweat suit with sneakers and all that defines the granny group.
The good news is that none of these groups are interested in the same merchandise and it’s so much more peaceful to shop.
Today’s chore was not to get a new outfit. That would be fun. I did touch some of the pretty dresses on my way through the store. Why are the dresses so much more beautiful when I don’t need one?
Nor was it to buy shoes. That would also be fun. Of course, no trip is complete without a walk through the shoe department. I fondled a few pair but nothing spoke to me. That is good because I bought four new pair in the last two months. That’s a lot even for me. I am retired and do not need to change shoes every day.
What I really needed was a new purse. That’s as bad as buying socks or granny underwear.
I am not much of a purse person. I use one until it falls apart, then buy another and do the same.
Purses are not like shoes. It’s too much trouble to change them to match my outfit so I buy bland neutrals that work with everything. Very boring.
It’s important that my stuff fits into a new purse. It can’t be too big or too small. If it’s not similar in size to my current one, I will go to the counter and inform the salesperson that I am “trying it out.” Then I will empty my current purse and put my stuff into the new one to see if it works.
That’s not as bad as it used to be when tampons, lipstick and used snotty tissues would go rolling down the aisle but any day now, I’ll be trying to stuff Depends and heating pads into it.
There are some weird looks but it saves me a return trip if it doesn’t work.
Today I found two purse I liked. One will be great for winter and the other is a summer purse which is what I needed. Both were on sale and I had coupons! All good!
It was a good functional shopping trip but there are no new patent leather shoes or Easter outfit.
I didn’t even treat myself to a Starbucks. What was I thinking?