Sorry that my post is late today. My mom and I took mental health days and gave ourselves the best therapy we could think of – shopping and lunch. And then a second treatment of shopping! We were both smiling and laughing the entire time, so it was definitely successful!
Shopping is something I have always enjoyed doing with my mom. She does not really partake in any of my other hobbies (she has no time), but shopping is something we have done together for as long as I can remember. And it was not until I was older when I realized that she was teaching me lifelong lessons that I still use to this day.
My earliest memories of us shopping together are on Saturday mornings at the grocery store. She would make the shopping list and we would hop in the car, blast some Bon Jovi tapes on her cassette player and head off to Shop Rite. While we were shopping, my mom would teach me how to compare prices, select the best fruits, vegetables and meats and to “always check the date on everything, especially dairy!” These little lessons have proven to be essential now that I am an adult. I love to look at my receipt to see how much I have saved by using her comparison shopping calculations. Our fruits and veggies are always delicious and her advice about checking the date is priceless. (I’ve grabbed yogurt and milk several times with expired or soon-to-be expired dates and put them right back! Thanks, Mom!) Finally, we would get in line and Mom would say that we really should get a little something for the ride home. Ya, know. For energy. That usually meant Rolos or a Chunky bar that we’d split. It was our reward for shopping and it was just for us. My father and brother never saw a morsel of our “energy for the ride home.”
Then, we began clothes shopping together. This is something we both love and try to do every few months. Today, we were specifically looking for work clothes for her and today, I was giving the lessons. I advised her to branch out a little in terms of colors, length of pants, fit and the new styles. My mom is still working, though she should be retired by now, and has always been pretty trendy…as long as I shopped with her. I am not sure what went wrong those few times she ventured out on her own and came home with patterns that were way too old for her. There came a point where I had to tell her to either take me shopping at all times or to not take the tags off anything she bought alone until I saw them. Thank God that was short-lived. Since I moved, she and I don’t get to get together as much as we would like to and she has been doing very well choosing great patterns, prints and colors. I like to think that my voice is in her head in the mall, much like her voice is in my head in the grocery store.
Today, she hit the jackpot. She has very thin legs and we finally found pants for her at JC Penney. Yay! Our last stop was the make-up counter at Macy’s. And, yes, I bought ANOTHER Bobbi Brown eye-liner gel (this is becoming an obsession). She bought the same colored gel, eye shadow and make-up remover. These were based on my recommendations (along with the beauty consultant). We took the consultant’s card and decided that the next Mental Health Day will also involve make-overs.
I love my mom very, very much. She was a mom to me growing up, not a friend and I appreciate that more and more as I get older. The memories I have of us together during our shopping trips are in a special place in my heart and my mom’s advice is always in my head, especially in the stores. I am glad we made the time to shop and spend time together today and cannot wait for our next excursion!!!