This week I met up with an old “shopping buddy.” Along with another friend, we would do whole day excursions visiting different shopping areas. Our goal was to nab the best deals. That and giggle. And eat. It’s a girl thing similar to a ball game for the guys without the packages at the end.
And we did giggle! We came home with shoes and jeans and tops and underwear and kitchen stuff. It was always a fun day.
Sometimes getting there was a big giggle. Once we missed our turnoff and didn’t realize it for a half hour. Too much chatter and not enough attention. It didn’t matter. No meetings or phone calls to make.
That was then. That stage moved on.
My friend said that she hates shopping now. We haven’t taken a field trip in over five years. It was back when we were working, before retirement. A lot of what we shopped for was work clothes.
Unlike men, who buy a case of shirts and pants and wear them for a decade, women like change, color and style – especially for work. And shoes. All kinds of shoes – sneakers, boots, dress, casual, slips-ons, clogs. We bought them all.
I told my friend that I don’t treasure shopping like I used to either.
My clothes go in cycles. This winter I’m in a sweatshirt cycle. I have beautiful flannel shirts but I mostly wear soft comfy oversized sweatshirts. Other years, I am in a shirt cycle.
As for bottoms, like the men, if I find something that fits and is comfortable, I can buy a case in navy and black. I’ll be good for a while.
I may not miss the shopping part, but I miss the day trips with my besties. We do lunch now and then, but there is no trunk full of bags at the end. Or skinny wallets. We still get the giggles though.
What did you stop doing when you retired? (or maybe not retired but changed lifestyles?)