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Re: Where are you Marie1 Marie1

Posted by mair on December 5, 2001, at 8:20:22

In reply to Re: Where are you Marie1 Mair, posted by Marie1 on December 5, 2001, at 7:14:04

> Marie - your description of shopping with your daughter gave me a real chuckle. My son is awful to shop with but it happens so infrequently since he usually just refuses to go. Until a year ago or so I used to think shopping with my daughter was fun since she has generally been so companionable. Now I think it's a special hell reserved for undeserving mothers of middle-school girls. She is capable of shopping for hours without making a single decision other than that she looks too fat (in my view she's pretty much of a stick) or the colors wrong, or it doesn't fit, or the pants are too short or the shirt is too short. I'm merely scratching the surface of complaints here. However, the amount of time she spends trying to pick out a piece of closing pales in comparison to the amount of time trying to select a $6 necklace at Claires or Afterthoughts, among 20 necklaces that look remarkably the same.

When my kids scatter in two different directions to events that require parental participation, my husband and I frequently argue over which of us has ended up with the short end of the stick. If I go with my son, I don't have to go shopping but conversation will be difficult and I may have to listen to alot of obscenity laden rap music. A typical verbal exchange with my son involves him asking me or my husband a question , us giving a thoughtful answer, and him spending the next 5 minutes telling us why our answer was wrong and indeed, totally ridiculous. I don't get quite so much of that yet with my daughter, but then I have to listen to alot of NSync music, which is painful in its own way.

I live in New England, in an area rural enough that the nearest decent mall is about one and a half hours away. I think we're all headed there this weekend, including my son who will be there only if we make him go. Should be fun.

Mair


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