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Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)

TITLE: "Let's Go Shopping"
By Mary Sue Smith


“Let’s go shopping” were familiar words spoken around our house when our now grown-up daughter lived there. “Let’s go shopping” did not mean, “let’s go shopping and spend a lot of money,” but it meant, “let’s go shopping for a bargain.” We spent a lot of Saturdays doing just that.

The order of the day was to first stop at the do-nut shop or at one of the food vendors that was open in the food court. Then as soon as the stores opened, it meant trying to find a bargain rack. My daughter once remarked while we were examining one such rack, “I will be so glad when I don’t have to buy just what is on sale." Even though she said that, I think she enjoyed finding a bargain as much as I did.

One of our most interesting finds was a red satin formal dress with a white satin bow that draped over the shoulder with tails that hung down the front of the dress. The expensive dress had been reduced to only twenty dollars because of some split seams. My daughter tried it on and it fitted her perfect. She looked stunning in it. We were sure there was a mistake in the price, but the clerk assured us that the price was right and it was because of the split seams it had been reduced. She wore it to a Valentine Dance and was the talk of the town. She said everyone thought she had paid a fortune for it.

When it came time to buy a bathing suit in the spring, we always took a special day to go shopping with just that in mind. My husband and I had some convictions about dressing modestly so it took awhile to find one that we could afford—one on sale, hopefully, and one that met our requirements for modesty. She always tried it on in the store for my approval; and then when she got home she had to model it for her dad’s approval.

Later, as a young adult,while looking for a wedding dress, she wanted both my husband and I to go help her shop for the dress. Again, we decided that we would try to find a bargain. This meant going out of town to another town about three hours away to a discount bridal shop. Her dad sat out in the modeling area while we two looked through what appeared to be hundreds of dresses. She looked at one, then another, and then she spotted one that she liked. I could tell by the look on her face that this would be the one.

She put it on and walked into the modeling area for her dad to see. In the very moment that she walked out, tears began to roll down his face. In fact, we all three stood there together and cried. The tears were of both joy and sadness. There was joy in the fact that she had found the right dress for one of the most important days of her life; and yet there was sadness in the thought that her leaving us was now becoming more of a reality.

There were other occasions even after she left home that we went shopping together. An interesting thing about shopping on those occasions was that even though she could afford to shop other than the sale racks, she chose not to.

As I recall these precious times of shopping together, it was about more than just finding a bargain or finding the right outfit for the occasion. It was about developing a deeper love relationship between my daughter and me.

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Joy Faire Stewart03/09/07
Loved the part that the daughter wanted mom & dad to shop with her for a bridal gown...very special.
Jacquelyn Horne03/12/07
Beautiful, heartwarming, shopping story. It's hard each time our children strike out on their own. From their first time in Sunday School class, kindergarten, high school and at every change in their lives, we feel a little loss. Nicely written.
Bonnie Way03/13/07
Touching story... thanks. I'm getting ready for my wedding so the part about the wedding gown really hit me. Great memories, great way to show some mother-daughter bonding time.
Jen Davis03/15/07
A very sweet story and an interesting way to use the topic. This story reminded me of my own fond memories of shopping with my daughter. Thanks for the memories.
Marie McKay03/15/07
Very good - captured my attention from the beginning.