Yesterday morning, as I drove myself to the local mall with the music turned up loud I began singing along loudly (and shamelessly off-key) to a pop song with less-than-child-friendly lyrics. That's when the sense of giddiness really hit me. You see, I was on my way to the mall ALONE, no children in tow. To shop for stuff for ME. No groceries, no home decor, no children's birthday gifts, just new clothes for ME.
It felt strange to just park and walk into the mall. No stroller to unfold, no child carrier to strap on, no children to herd. Amazing. I had a spring in my step.
Then my day got even better. The clearance sale rack of my favourite clothing store was heavily populated with items in my size. The regular racks also contained many markdowns. The sales staff were friendly, but let me do my own thing. For once, my dilemma lay not in finding something that fit, but in the fact that my "yes" pile grew so quickly that I began to become concerned my credit card might go into shock if I brought all of them home. In all, after weeding down my selections a bit, I still came home with 13 new items. THIRTEEN. How will my friends recognize me if I'm not wearing the same rotation of 2 pairs of capris, 2 skorts, and 6 t-shirts that have become my mommy uniform?
And then, just to top off my morning, I made a quick side trip to Food Basics to pick up some milk and 18 bags of frozen berries (on sale this week for $2.49). I drove home contentedly, once again singing off-key.
I probably need to get out more.