Friday October 16th 2009, 11:56 pm
Filed under: Family

My daughter wanted to go on a shopping trip to the new Nordstrom outlet and wanted a little company; sure, why not.

We were three blocks from home heading out when I exclaimed, “I don’t have any knitting with me!”

She was dumbfounded. “How could YOU not have any knitting with you?”  I mean, were we talking about her mom here! Seriously? But it was true, I hadn’t yet started the next small throw-in-the-purse project, and there you go.

Talk about role reversal from her still-recent childhood.  I looked around at all the utterly unwearable clothes and the marked-down-to-only-$200 handbags and the like and found my inner child: I got a laugh out of finding myself wanting to whine, ‘Shel. I’m BORED.  Can we go HOOOOoooome yet?’

I wandered through the aisles. Down past all the shoes.  Imagined an overhead announcement: “Attention. There is a Lost Mom in aisle six. Will ‘Shel please report to aisle six? Again, we have a Lost Mom. Thank you.”

And then, on our way home with her at the wheel, as I was glancing over towards the Bayland marshes, suddenly a flock of pelicans appeared, fanning out in a circle in the water, fishing, brightly white against the soft colors of the water and the cattails, the water waving in small ripples before them.

And Solomon in all his glory could never be so arrayed. I’m glad I went.

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Off-topic, but you don’t have your e-mail enabled for public access – your comment about bras over at my place reminded me of Operation Petticoat: “The Japanese have nothing like this!”

If you don’t know what I am talking about, you’ll just have to rent the movie, won’t you?

Comment by suburbancorrespondent 10.17.09 @ 5:57 am

I always found a little tug on my father’s pant leg was MOST unappreciated, but highly effective for delivering the “Can we go now?” message.

Comment by Channon 10.17.09 @ 7:51 am

NO KNITTING????? Is that you? Did she ask any test questions to make sure you weren’t taken over by an alien mind being? (heh. It is Halloween month right?)

Comment by Carol 10.17.09 @ 8:22 am

Three blocks, and you didn’t turn back and cast something on?

I never understood people (like my mom) who “window shop” to see what “they’re” showing this season. Or go “bargain” hunting. I admit I do occasionally comparison shop if there’s something I need–it’s a quest but ain’t retail therapy. I can see how the pelicans brightened your day. I’d rather see the herons, swans or cormorants on the river than go to the mall!

Comment by LynnM 10.17.09 @ 9:10 am

That was FUNNY! As to the unwearable clothes, I can remember when my sisters would hoot in laughter over the new styles shown in the newspaper. They were both convinced that the fashion designers were men who hated women!

Other fun:

Seen in Newspapers:

Mixing bowl set designed to please a cook with round bottom for efficient beating.

Girl wanted to assist magician in cutting off head illusion. Benefits: Blue Cross Medical Insurance and salary.

Dinner Special – Turkey $2.35; Chicken or Beef $2.25; Children $2.00.

For sale; an antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.

Now is your chance to have your ears pierced and get an extra pair to take home too.

We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it carefully by hand.

For sale. Three canaries of undermined sex.

Great Dames for sale. Have several very old dresses from grandmother in beautiful condition.

Tired of cleaning yourself. Let me do it.

Comment by Don Meyer 10.17.09 @ 10:31 am

Another one to add to Don’s post:

In the livestock section of the classifieds —
“Kids for sale. Dehorned.”

Comment by Julie 10.17.09 @ 1:14 pm

Great story! I always tell my knitting students that they will know they are addicted to knitting when they panic because they forgot their knitting at home :>)

Comment by Joansie 10.17.09 @ 2:02 pm

Yes, to everything a purpose: time with your daughter and the majesty of the pelicans in the beautiful colors of the light and water.

Comment by Madeline 10.17.09 @ 4:17 pm

I don’t think you’re old enough to officially engage in role reversal with your children yet! I sometimes want to whine at my ‘young adults’ in memory of their earlier years.

Comment by Ruth 10.17.09 @ 7:58 pm

My brother in law admitted to me that whenever he visits his children’s homes, he turns on all of the lights and leaves them on, just because turn-about is fairplay.

Comment by LauraN 10.17.09 @ 8:08 pm

If you had been looking down at your knitting you would have missed the pelicans.

Comment by Marlene 10.17.09 @ 8:39 pm

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