I heard that Sears was having a 75-80% off sale this week to get rid of their winter stock. Who doesn't love a bargain??? But I'm not a happy shopper. I like to go in, whisk through, and get out, especially in this little town where the inventory doesn't change all that often.
My 86 year old mother has always been able to out-shop me. She can go for hours, and these days usually does. She doesn't drive anymore so I take her once a week to go into 2 or 3 different stores so she can peruse the merchandise. She doesn't get out much, so I try to be patient as she takes 10 minutes to inspect something that she will have no interest in buying. Her memory is definitely on the down swing, and so if we go into the same store the next week, it's like seeing all new stuff again for her. If I go a few aisles over to look at something that caught my eye, she'll call me from where she is. Not with a phone. Just stand there and call my name.
For a while when we'd go into a big store, we'd both go our own ways, but then I had a hard time finding her, and when I did, I found that she was going back and forth across the store and back again because she forgot something on the other side. She'd get angry and frustrated because in her confusion, she couldn't find something. It's just easier if we stay together.
When she moved down here 4 years ago, I'd take her shopping 2 or 3 times a week, but I would lose my mind if I had to do that today. Does that sound mean?
So today, I will try to stay focused and compassionate while she searches for the perfect pair of pants, or shoes that she never seems to find.