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Sunday, November 17, 2013

#Slice of Life 2013 A Trip to the Mall

 
 
"Do you want to go to Danbury this afternoon?" he asked with the tone of someone who would rather be riding bikes or out pulling weeds, but who wanted to do something on a dreary, drizzly Sunday afternoon.  "We could go to Home Goods and then Macy's for that make-up you've been talking about getting," he volunteered knowing we needed both coffee mugs and makeup desperately (think 2 weeks of mineral oil stretching)!

I felt a bit like Rip Van Winkle as explored stores filled to the brim, prepared for the onslaught of shoppers.  There were new-to-me-stores throughout the mall and I mused, "You get more choices here than you do shopping on Amazon" (the best invention for busy people since sliced bread)!

The crowd, at Home Goods, maneuvered carts, filled with blankets, pillows, toys, pots and trinkets. At Macy's, the AFLAC ducks greeted me, and I hadn't even been injured!  Santa was engaged in discussions with children dressed in holiday-photo-card-apparel.  Shopping bag carrying customers scurried about scoffing up sales that seemed to be everywhere (10 days before the mall would open at midnight for sales?)   

I came home with 4 white coffee mugs and some fresh make-up; however, I did get the wake-up call that the holiday season is bearing down on us at breakneck speed.  I guess that is why everyone was scurrying and the AFLAC duck is awaiting a busy season! 
 

9 comments:

Kevin Hodgson said...

We turned on the radio to our pop music station and it had already turned the dials (old saying?) to holiday music. My wife was happy. I felt a little ... peeved. Already? Yes. Already.

Nanc said...

Like you...I would also feel like Rip Van Winkle, because I rarely visit...though come to think of it, the mugs seem awfully exciting to me! This was fun to read. xo

Julieanne said...

I was shocked last week walking into the grocery store to see Christmas all over the place. Summer just left! I feel like this every year. I think that my Christmas is trapped in the past when I was little or at least when my kids were younger. Maybe I'll need grandkids to wake up to Christmas again. Now it does mean older kids will be coming home and families unite. Guess that's something to wake up for!!

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

I can't take the malls at this time of year - I'm happy to shop with my laptop!

Dana Murphy said...

Ha! I have banned my family members from discussing the holidays with me until after Thanksgiving! I could just picture all the holiday cheer in your post.

elle1955 said...

I feel that new-to-me feeling so often when I get out and about. Living too much between home and work.

Jane Martyn said...

Malls amaze me. No matter what state you are in, they all feel exactly the same. I've never thought about using them for inspiration for writing though- I'll have to keep that in mind when I do my shopping this year.

Leigh Anne said...

I know many people start thinking Christmas on October 31st...but I just can't seem to do it. We were having this same discussion this morning during our bible study group. I am a Thanksgiving weekend person.

LInda Baie said...

Yep-Santa has arrived at some of our places in Colorado too, my daughter scurried past with her little ones, hoping they wouldn't see! Our news just posted a list of who would be open on Thanksgiving-amazing how the economy doesn't 'seem' to be too bad!