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Sharon’s Blog : Shopping with My Boys

Posted by Sharon O'Donnell on 2011/12/29 02:55:55

A few days before Christmas, I was quite excited when all three of my boys, ages 20, 17, and 11, said they wanted to go to the outlet mall with me, which was a 30 minute drive up the Interstate from our house. The mall is relatively new, and none of us had been there before. I envisoned us getting there early and shopping for a least several hours before going to a sit-down restaurant for a late lunch. I had friends who went shopping with their daughters, and now, finally, thanks to the Polo and Nike outlets promising holiday deals — I was going to have a shopping day with my boys.

The Polo outlet indeed proved very popular with my boys. They each picked out a few things for Christmas, and then we moved over to the Nike outlet where we bought several more items. But then I saw the Coach store where they sell designer handbags, and I thought perhaps one of those might make a good gift for my mother-in-law. We are not the designer handbag type, but I thought perhaps she might like to have one. And the place was having a 30% off sale on top of already half off prices. I went into the store, as my boys sat down outside to wait. The place was packed! I saw the purse I wanted to get her right away, and then I got in line — a long line — to pay.  After about five minutes, my youngest son came inside to see what was taking so long. I told him it would be a while and for them to go look around at some more stores and I’d meet them later. Soon after that, my middle son came in and asked for the car keys — they were going to wait in the car. Well, at least my oldest son might still want to do some shopping. Ten minutes late I was done in the line and called my oldest, who was also in the car.  They were ready to go!  THAT was our shopping day??  Not exactly what I’d envisioned — but at least I still had lunch to look forward to with my guys. One of them suggested we just go through a drive-thru, and I yelled, “No way! We are going to eat in a sit-down restaurant because I don’t ever get to go anywhere with all 3 of you anymore, and I’ve been looking forward to this!”  They all exchanged glances. My oldest said, “Okay, Mom, okay.” like he was afraid I was about to go over the edge.

Polo is having another sale near Valentine’s Day, and I already have it on my calendar. I will try again to have a shopping day with my sons.