Last weekend, I went shopping with two of my favorite people in the world – my mom and my niece. We love to shop and do lunch together and starting “picking dates” to do just that several years ago when my niece was about six or seven years old. She shares my mother’s and my love for clothing, shoes, make up and hair accessories. One thing that my niece liked to do was ride the escalator in pretty much every store. The first time we got on the escalator, my mom got on the first step and my niece and I stood on the step behind her. As we started moving up, my niece suddenly said, “No! On the same step! With me in the middle.” So, my mom took a step down and got on her right side, as I stood on her left. All on the same step. We smiled as we looked at ourselves in the mirror gliding down to the bottom floor. I thought it was the cutest thing that she wanted her aunt and grandmother on the same step as her.
My niece is now 11 (going on 25) and we continue to ride the escalators together when we shop. Even though she is older and much taller, we still ride on the same step. I wonder how long we will do this. I hope it is forever, but I know that is likely not the case, for one day, she will not want to ride on the same step as my mom and me. But for now, I will enjoy it every single time in every single store. My mom, my niece and I…all on the same step.